New Property Enhancements At Mohegan Sun Pocono

WILKES-BARRE, PA (March 30, 2017) – Since the opening of Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2006, Mohegan Sun Pocono has grown into one of the biggest gaming and entertainment attractions in the region. This spring, MSP will be keeping the momentum going with new enhancements to the property including a redesign of the gaming floor, a remodel to Timbers Buffet and the addition of over 250 new slot machines and table games – such as the popular Fusion Hybrid games.

Mohegan Sun Pocono is currently home to a world-class gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, retail shops, restaurant and bars and the best live entertainment inside the Keystone Grand Ballroom and Wise Crackers Comedy. The new gaming floor design will provide guests with comfort and the convenience of easily navigating throughout the casino – slot banks are smaller with sleeker bases, aisles are wider and card readers as well as iView software have been upgraded. Plus, new carpet and Ultra-comfortable seats that allow free movement have been installed.

Blooming with new slot machines and table games, the beautiful gaming floor at Mohegan Sun Pocono most recently features the latest technology of Fusion Hybrid games. Guests may wager electronically on four different roulette wheels simultaneously, all at a $2.00 minimum bet. Each of the four roulette wheels are manned by an actual dealer who spins the ball. In the near future, the property will be adding $5.00 Minimum Bet Blackjack to the Electronic Table Game offerings. You can find these new games next to Timbers Buffet, as well as in the non-smoking Table Games section. Additionally, there are currently 100 new slot machines – bringing a total of 250 new slot machines by the end of the year.

Making improvements to Timbers Buffet, the experience and offerings will be upgraded and modernized for guests. There will be expanded Asian and Mexican stations, new pizza station offerings, additional brunch selections and an enhanced weekend night menu. The improved experience is rounded out with a renovated entrance, updated dessert station, a new carving station and increased heating elements for quality food – keeping buffet selections warmer longer.

For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, 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 Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono 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 our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Week In Review

March 25-31, 2017

After some weather-related delays, we finally enjoyed our first semi-full week of racing for the 2017 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This means we’re finally ready to hand out our first edition of the Weekly Awards. And it’s only fitting that our first horses of the week are the ones that made it to multiple wins on the meet before anybody else. Here are the best of the best for the week that was.

PACER OF THE WEEK: MAJO JUST DO IT

If you had to pick a horse beforehand that you thought would be our first Pacer of the Week, it probably wouldn’t have been this 11-year-old gelding. In 36 tries a year ago, Majo Just Do It won just four races and earned only a little over $16,000 for those efforts. He had shown some life in recent starts at Monticello, however, picking up a win and a show before coming to Pocono for Opening Night.

As a 7-2 shot that night, the gelding came from way back in the pack to score a win in 1:56. Trained by Jennifer Sansone, Majo Just Do It had George Napolitano Jr. in the bike for his race Sunday night against a field of $7,500 claimers. As the 2-1 second choice, he was shuffled to the end of the line once again. He was still last at the half-mile marker when he began steadily improving as part of the outer flow.

At the top of the lane he was still fifth, but Napolitano found a clear lane for him for the stretch drive. He once again found his best stride in the lane, blowing by the horses in front of him and prevailing by a half-length in 1:54:1. Suddenly Majo Just Do It has three-quarters as many wins as he did a year ago and things are looking up, especially if he can keep uncorking that lethal late kick on his unsuspecting foes.

Other top pacers this week include: City Hall (George Napolitano Jr., Amber Buter), who captured the Saturday night featured pace in 1:52:1, giving him wins in three of his last four races after a recent hot streak at The Meadowlands; Ronny Bugatti (Austin Siegelman, Nicholas Devita), who picked up a condition win in 1:51 on Tuesday night, the fastest time of the week at Pocono despite sloppy conditions; and Arielle Lynn (Eric Goodell, Kevin McDermott), who captured Tuesday night’s featured condition pace for mares in the slop in 1:53:4.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: MISTER PHOTOGENIC

Like Majo Just Do It, Mister Photogenic wasn’t exactly a name on everyone’s lips coming into the season. But hot streaks can arrive out of anywhere, and this 3-year-old gelding trained by Jim McGettigan definitely is on one right now. It began on opening night, when he surprised a field of maiden condition trotters with a come-from behind win at 7-1 in 1:58:3.

He was back at it again facing the same class on Sunday night. Because he had a win under his belt, he was forced to draw for an outside post, which left him in the tough #8 post position in field of nine. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. was able to guide Mister Photogenic to the lead with a steady move, taking over on the front stretch. The gelding received a lot of pressure, however, and as they rounded the final turn there were horses close behind and all around the 8-5 favorite.

It turns out that the gelding was playing a little possum, because once Morrill asked him for a little bit of speed, he left the pursuit far behind. Mister Photogenic ended up winning by a comfortable 5 ¼ lengths, a margin that seemed unlikely at the top of the stretch. His winning time of 1:58 reset his career best, although, if he continues to progress like he has early in the meet, it’s likely that mark will fall again very soon.

Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Muscle Diamond (John Campbell, Brett Bittle), a Meadowlands invader who scored a win in Sunday night’s featured trot in 1:53:3; DW’s NY Yank (Eric Goodell, Ron Burke), who overcame an outside post to deliver a condition victory on Saturday night in 1:53:3, matching Muscle Diamond for the fastest of the week at Pocono; and Swishnflick (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who handled a tough condition group on Saturday night in 1:54:3.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: NEXT SUCCESS

Even off a win in his last start at Rosecroft, this condition pacer driven by Jim Morrill Jr. went off at 19-1 on Sunday night and scored a victory to pay off $41.20 on a $2 ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: SIMON ALLARD

All signs point to a big season for Simon, as he followed up three wins on Opening night with three more victories in Saturday night’s action.

TRAINER OF THR WEEK: MARK FORD

One of the top trainers for many seasons now at Pocono, Ford picked up a win on Saturday night and then backed it up with a training double on Tuesday.

That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.

The $6 M Breeders Crown returns to the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

The $6,000,000+ Breeders Crown Championship series of stakes, the annual year-end arbiter of the top horses in every harness racing division (“It all comes down to the Breeders Crown”), will be returning to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during the 2018 racing season, the third time the all-star extravaganza will be hosted by The Downs, following 2010 and 2013.

The announcement was made during the season-opening press conference/luncheon held in the Pocono clubhouse in the early afternoon Monday, a couple of days after Saturday’s start to 2017 racing was delayed by last week’s midweek snowstorm – the trotters and pacers will start racing over Pocono’s red clay oval tomorrow night (Tuesday), at 6:30 p.m.

The Breeders Crown Championships are administered by the Hambletonian Society, which itself is currently undergoing a major change – John Campbell, harness racing’s leading alltime moneywinning driver with earnings approaching $300 million, will be assuming the duties of president and chief executive officer of the Society, as Tom Charters, who has been in charge of the Breeders Crowns since their inception in 1984 and Hambletonian Society CEO since 1998, will be easing into well-deserved retirement during the last part of the season.

“John called me after we announced that the Breeders Crown was going to Pocono in 2010,” Charters recalled. “He said, ‘Tom, you must get criticized for some of the things you do and that the Society does. But I will assure you that no one will ever say a word about the Breeders Crowns going to Pocono.’ I’ve been looking forward to the races returning here since we raced here in 2013, and I’m thrilled that Pocono will again be the host in 2018.”

Joining Campbell, Charters, and Hambletonian Society Director of Event Operations Moira Fanning in the announcement were Tony Carlucci, president and general manager of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and Dale Rapson, Mohegan Sun/Pocono VP/Racing Operations; Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association president Sam Beegle; and Jim Simpson, squire of Hanover Shoe Farms and representing the breeders of Pennsylvania.

“It’s, I think, the fastest 5/8 mile track.”, John Campbell said about Pocono.  ” I can tell you from our participants, our trainers and drivers, it’s the best footing of any track in North America”.

The two previous Breeders Crowns visits to the 5/8-mile speedy mountain oval attracted over 17,000 improvers of the breed to Pocono, and total all-sources wagering, inside and out of the state, reached over $8 million. The 2013 edition won a special award from the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association as “The Greatest Night in Pennsylvania Harness Racing History.”

Party On The Patio Kicks Off June 1st At Mohegan Sun Pocono

Live entertainment and drink specials every Thursday on the racetrack apron

WILKES-BARRE, PA (March 22, 2017) – Returning to Mohegan Sun Pocono, Northeast Pennsylvania’s biggest party of the year is back! Starting Thursday, June 1st, Party on the Patio will feature food and drink specials, free live entertainment provided by some of the most exciting tribute bands in the country and a breathtaking view of NEPA scenery.

From June 1st to August 31st, this highly anticipated party starts every Thursday at 6:00pm along The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Racetrack Apron!

Featured bands for 2017’s Party on the Patio are as follows:

June 1st: Halfway to Hell – a tribute to AC/DC

June 8th: Bon Jersey – a tribute to Bon Jovi

June 15th: Mötley 2 – a tribute to Mötley Crüe

June 22nd: Damn the Torpedoes – a tribute to Tom Petty

June 29th: Parrot Beach – a tribute to Jimmy Buffett

July 6th: 7 Bridges – a tribute to The Eagles

July 13th: Beatlemania Again – a tribute to The Beatles

July 20th: Satisfaction – a tribute to The Rolling Stones

July 27th: Tramps Like Us – a tribute to Bruce Springsteen

August 3rd: Tusk – a tribute to Fleetwood Mac

August 10th: Ring of Fire – a tribute to Johnny Cash

August 17th: Separate Ways the Band – a tribute to Journey

August 24th: Stayin Alive – a tribute to The BeeGees

August 31st: Draw the Line – a tribute to Aerosmith

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, 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 Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono 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 our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.


Opening Night Take 2 for the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

The Standardbred trotters and pacers will begin their 52nd season of pari-mutuel harness racing in northeast Pennsylvania this Tuesday evening, March 21, as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will present the first of 135 cards of the sulky sport scheduled for 2017, with Tuesday’s first race marked for 6:30 p.m.

The racing was set to begin on Saturday night the 18th, but two feet of snow at the mountain oval this past Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by high winds that caused considerable drifting in places, put paid to that idea, as for the safety of the horses and horsemen it was imperative to do a thorough job of track preparation, and thus the opener was pushed back until Tuesday.

The highlight of the 2017 Pocono season will come on Saturday, July 1, with the $2 million+ Sun Stakes Saturday card, which annually draws the sport’s best horses over several of the major categories. It was recently announced that Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Harness Horse of the Year at age three and the fierce seasonlong rival of 2016 Harness Horse of the Year Always B Miki, will make his debut for the year in the Franklin Pace elimination races, to be held on Saturday, June 24.

And speaking of Wiggle It Jiggleit – the very first race of the 2017 racing season at Pocono, a $14,000 pace for “non-winners of three races or $30,000 lifetime,” is likely to have as its chalk, starting from post three, a stablemate to “Wiggle,” from the Bergstein/Proximity Award-winning Team Teague of owner George, driver Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. This three-year-old Delmarvalous gelding – who is 3 for 4 in his brief career – is named Nine Ways (nine is of course three times three), and his fastest win is in 1:53. (That’s a lot of coincidental numerology.)

The fifth race companion “nw 3” trotting event to the opener finds the sophomore filly Gin’s Tonic drawing the rail as she makes her first start of the year for local trainer Neal Ehrhart. The daughter of Muscle Massive had only one victory at two, but she picked a fine spot to notch it – in a division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows, where she earned a mark of 1:56.3.

Older campaigners will be spotlighted in a pair of $12,500 events. The ninth race trot finds veterans ABC Muscles Boy and My Love Bi, who both took their 2016 marks of 1:53.3 at Pocono, coming into this race off promising early-season form, while the tenth race mares pace sports no fewer than six distaffs who have won since February 1, all of them in 1:54.1 or better in all kinds of wintry conditions.

Pocono’s all-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr. will be on the scene from opening night, coming up from Florida, where he already has shown himself in “midseason form” with a 27% win rate; his brother Anthony, second in the standings last year, will also have a full driving schedule from the word “go.”

The basic racing schedule at Pocono follows a Saturday through Tuesday basis, with first post at 6:30 except on Sundays, when the action starts an hour later. After Tuesday the 21st, Pocono is scheduled to race on Saturday-Sunday-Tuesday of the “following racing week” (March 25-28), with Mondays joining the mix on April 10.

A press conference/luncheon will be held at the track at 12 noon on Monday, with Pocono officials and horsemen on hand to take part in a preview of what should be a quality season of racing at The Downs. Pocono’s person of contact for media is Jennifer Starr, 570.831.2195.