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.   

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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.

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Cassis wins Wyoming Valley Trot Final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Tim Tetrick, one of the premier catch drivers in North America, has stamped Cassis as the one to beat in the 2010 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes following the thee-year-old Cantab Hall colt’s victory Tuesday (May 4) in the $35,000 Wyoming Valley Trot final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

“He’s very easy to drive,” said Tetrick in the winner’s circle following his victory with Cassis. “I never really asked him for more . He’s a very nice colt and I believe will be tough to beat in the Pa. Sire Stakes.”

Trained by Ray Schnittker, Cassis left from the one post in the seven-horse final with three of the trotters being trained by Schnittker. It was Schnittker grabbing the early lead from the two post with 1A Homerun Hitter, getting to the first split in 28 seconds.

But before the three-eighths pole, Tetrick took command of the Wyoming Valley Trot final, getting to the half in 58 seconds and three-quarters in 1:27.4. Cassis was followed by Schnittker and Homerun Hitter, who finished second some three and one-half lengths back. Third in the final went to 31-1 longshot Telephoto (Don Irvine Jr.), six lengths back.

The coupled entry of Cassis and Homerun Hitter went off at 1-9 as the fan favorite.

Cassis is now a perfect three for three in 2010 and four for five life time. The winning mile was 1:56 and equaled the life mark of Cassis.

About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
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