Fancy Filly draws Nine Post in $250,000 James M. Lynch Memorial Pace

WILKES-BARRE, PA — “It’s not the ideal spot and not where we want to start from,” said George Teague Jr., trainer of one of the James M. Lynch Memorial Pace favorites Saturday, June 5th at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “But it is what it is.”

Teague’s prized three-year-old pacing filly is a perfect two for two in 2010 after winning 10 of 12 races last year, including a Breeders Crown. She earned $817,584 in 2010 and has never finished off the board in her career. Fancy Filly also won the $500,000 Three Diamonds with a world record time of 1:51.1 for a five eighths mile oval.

In her elimination Lynch race last Saturday, Fancy Filly won from the No. 1 hole with a time of 1:51.1 with regular catch driver Brian Sears. He’ll be in the bike once again in the Lynch finale.

Teague Jr.  said his prized three-year-old filly came out of the elimination race in good shape after not having raced for three weeks. He expects Fancy Filly to be better this week.

“I really believe she’ll be a little sharper Saturday night,” added Teague Jr. “So far she’s been a real pleasure and does what she has to on the racetrack.”

If there’s a horse to worry about Teague Jr. definitely believes that filly is Feeling You, supplemented to the Lynch for $15,000. “Feeling You has answered every call and us having the nine post changes the complexion of the race somewhat. It’s not to be an easy task for Fancy Filly. All three divisional winners last week were impressive. We definitely will have to earn it.”

Feeling You, trained by George Berkner Jr. and driven by Jim Morrill Jr., brings into the Lynch final a winning skein of six straight, five of them coming at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Feeling You will be leaving from the four hole after also winning her elimination race here in 1:51.1.

Ruffle’s Kiss, trained and driven by Joe Pavia Jr., was the other Lynch elimination winner with a clocking of 1:51.4 and will be leaving from the three post. Her last two starts have been winning efforts.

Other horses in the field with posts and drivers include No. 2 No Bad Luck (Corey Callahan), No. 5 Sammy’s Magic Girl (Matt Kakaley), No. 6 Native Doll (Brett Miller), No. 7 All Heart Gal (George Napolitano Jr.) and No. 8 A And GS Princess (Mike Simons).

No Bad Luck is another George Teague Jr. entry in the Lynch. She finished third in her elimination race to Feeling You with a time of 1:51.4. No Bad Luck has won five of seven starts in 2010 with two third-place finishes.

There is a special 5pm post Saturday and the Lynch is carded for Race 11.
 
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Ashtoreth Hanover wins Claiming Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Ashtoreth Hanover, reined by Jim Morrill Jr., came from off the pace Wednesday, June 2nd to win the $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Paper Cut (Andrew McCarthy) cut out the first-half of the mile with times of 26 and 55.2, respectively, before tiring down the backstretch.

Morrill Jr. began his charge with the eventual winner and held off a fast closing Fivewillgetyouten (Billy Dobson) at the wire, winning by a neck with a time of 1:54. This was the fourth win in 11 starts this season and two straight for the four-year-old mare trained by Kris Rickert.

Ashtoreth Hanover also was claimed out of the race and goes back to the Ron Burke Stable.

Tina Tim, an 80-1 longshot driven by Jim Taggart Jr., won a non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races condition trot with a time of 1:59.2. This winner returned $168.60, $110.40 and $13.20 across the board. It also set up a Pick 3 payoff of $1,683.80, an Exacta return of $1,158.60 and a winning Trifecta ticket of $2,289.40.

J. Neal Ehrhart trains Tina Tim, a winner for the initial time this year on the fourth start.

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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.