Springboard upset Winner in Open I Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Springboard upset Winner in Open I Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
WILKES-BARRE, PA — Springboard, with Jim Taggart Jr. in the sulky, made it three straight at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday night.

A 28-1 longshot, Springboard produced a life mark of 1:53.1 in winning the $24,000 Open I handicap trot.

Last week, Springboard and Taggart Jr. won the Open II trot with a life mark of 1:54.1 and also was a long shot in that race.

Trained and owned by Miles Wollam, Springboard is now two for two at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack after winning in 1:55.2 at the Meadows.

Taggart Jr. was a gapped second-over behind Grain Of Truth (Ray Schnittker) going down the backside with favorite Stand Guard (George Napolitano Jr.) on the front end.

A three-wide move was then made by Taggart Jr. at the top of the lane and the winner edged Southern Rocketop (Matt Kakaley) and Grain Of Truth by three-quarters of a length.

You’re Next (Joe Pavia Jr.) took the eight-horse field to the opening panel in 27.1 while Stand Guard was the new leader at the half and three-quarters with the times being 55.4 and 1:24.1.

BigPepper, reined by Napolitano Jr., won the Open II trot with a time of 1:54.2. This six-year-old gelding was making his first appearance for new owner John J. Wach of Boonton, N.J. and trainer Wendy Chellis. Wach claimed BigPepper for $23,000 on July 3 when the trotter won in 1:55 for trainer Lou Pena.

Badboy Paparazzi A (Mike Simons) finished second in Tuesday night’s race while Lord Darby (Eric Goodell) was third.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs lowering Takeout on Superfectas and Trifectas

WILKES-BARRE, PA —Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be lowering its takeout on Superfecta and Trifecta wagers beginning Monday, August 2, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission.

The promotion of lowering the takeout percentage from 35 to 25 percent on both exotic wagers will last through the end of the 2010 harness racing season.

“We’re going to experiment with the new takeout ratio,” said Dale Rapson, vice president of racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “Our fans have been asking that we do so in order that they collect more on those winning tickets.

“It will be watched closely and we’ll take a look at our numbers following our last day of racing in November. We’re going to see what impact the takeout reduction will have on our live racing handle.

“I’m hoping that our move will be enthusiastically accepted by our fans here at the main track and at our off-track wagering sites along with all of our simulcast outlets throughout North America.”

Mike Lachance wins four W.N. Reynolds Memorial Races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA —Mike Lachance won four of the seven W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake races Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

On day three of Grand Circuit Week, Lachance got things start in the opening division of the Meda for three-year-old trotting fillies. He was in the sulky with the heavily favored Devilish Emerald, who trotted the mile in 1:59.3.

Bill Zendt trains Devilish Emerald, now two for two lifetime after winning in her debut at the Meadows in 1:58.2.

“She’s a little hot but has a lot of speed,” said Lachance of Devilish Emerald in the winner’s circle.

“”I’d rather one a little hot than a lazy horse. She’s perfect right now.”

Lachance also won the first division of the Tar Heel for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, guiding 2-5 favorite Pang Shui to a victory in 1:51. Ray Schnittker trains this winner.

Easy Agenda, trained by Jimmy Takter, was Lachance’s next winner. He went wire to wire with the 8-5 shot and stopped the timer in 2:00.3.

The fourth Reynolds victory of the evening came with Aled Hanover, trained by Richard Norman. Aled Hanover was winning for the third time in eight starts this season.
Time of 1:51 was a new life mark for Aled Hanover.

Dave Palone owns the stakes record for most wins on a single night’s card with five.
George Napolitano Jr., the track’s leading driver, collected a Tar Heel victory with Eagle Jolt. The three-year-old Village Jolt gelding, trained by Mark Ford, stopped the timer in 1:52.3, a new life mark.

Veteran driver Roger Hammer drove Lyrical Lady to a Meda win in the second division of four for the young trotting gals. Trained by Walter (Boots) Dunn, Lyrical Lady won in 1:58.3.

It was a front end victory for Lyrical Lady.

Open handicap pace winner was Golden Receiver, piloted by Joe Pavia Jr. The five-year-old gelding, trained by Mark Harder, won in 1:50. This was the seventh win in 22 starts this season with earnings approaching the $150,000 mark with the victory.

Ruffle’s Kiss, Odds On Moinet and Aspectofmusic Pa. Sire Stakes Winners at Mohegan Sun at Pocono downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA —Ruffle’s Kiss, Odds On Moinet and Aspectofmusic captured the three $87,000-plus Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

It was a thrilling stretch duel between Ruffle’s Kiss (Joe Pavia Jr.) and 1-5 favorite Dancinwiththrestarz (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the opening division before the former won by a neck with a 1:52 time for the mile.

The two favorites in the race were 1-2 at the half with Dancinwiththestarz in front with the half timed in 56. It remained that way the rest of the mile with the second-place horse getting to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2.

“My filly is getting better every week,” said Pavia Jr., who also trains Ruffle’s Kiss. “She’s coming into her own. I tried to duck inside but Jimmy is too smart for that and kept me out before the three-quarter pole.

“I dropped back in at the last turn and Jimmy’s horse got a little tired.”

The win was the second straight in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition for Ruffle’s Kiss, who was coming off a 1:51.4 victory at Harrah’s Chester Downs.

Odds On Moinet, also driven by Morrill Jr., won by a head over a fast-closing It’s De Lovely in the second sire stakes division.

Morrill Jr. gave the winner, trained by Robin Schadt, a pocket trip behind All Heart Gal (George Napolitano Jr.). The latter got to the opening split in 27.1, half in 57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.2 before finishing third, a length and a quarter back.

Odds On Moinet closed in 27.3 to win for the seventh time in nine starts this year with earnings of more than $143,000.

Aspectofmusic(Yannick Gingras) was a 10-1 longshot winner of the third stakes division.

Quick fractions took its toll on favorites Native Doll (Brett Miller) and World Fame (Pavia Jr.), who battled to the half and three-quarter pole.

Gingras sat fifth for three-quarters of the race and came home in 30 seconds flat to win this division with a time of 1:53.

Opening panel went in 26.4, half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.

Sand Gesture (Napolitano Jr.) finished second in the race with Native Doll third.

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-