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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Week In Review

Monday, April 9th, 2018

March 31-April 6, 2018

As we barrel forward into the month of April, we are still waiting for signs of spring to show up in the weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rest assured, however, the cold weather hasn’t had any negative effect on the early-season racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If anything, the racing action is ripping along as if we were all basking in a heat wave in the middle of summer. That means lots of competition for this edition of the Weekly Awards.

PACER OF THE WEEK: WALKS OF LIFE

First of all, any horse sort of named after an 80’s hit gets my immediate stamp of approval. But this eight-year-old gelding has brought the game to match up with the name. And his success started long before he arrived at Pocono for the beginning of the meet. Racing on the New Jersey circuit, Walks Of Life hit the board in every one of his first eight 2018 races while winning five of them. He didn’t waste any time at Pocono either, winning his first two races of the meet in gate-to-wire fashion.

After winning at the $12,500 and $15,000 claiming levels, he went back at it against the $15,000 claimers on Saturday night. This time around, he was working for a new barn, going for trainer Toni Freitas after the bulk of his 2018 success came with Vincent Fusco Jr. Even with the barn switch, the Pocono faithful believed in Walks Of Life, making him a 3-5 favorite as he left from post position #1 in a field of eight. When driver Jim Morrill Jr. asked him for a quick burst of speed on the front stretch, he moved to the lead, which is where he loves to operate.

From there, the favorite handled a first-over challenge from Mainland Key N, while the pocket tripping Annuity tried to stay close for a final rally. But the rest of the field turned out to be playing for second, as Walks Of Life glided away from the pursuit and ended up winning by 5 ½ convincing lengths in a season-best time of 1:51:2. Now with wins in seven of ten on the year, he also became the first horse to rack up three wins in the Pocono 2018 meet. And, with how great he’s been going, he’ll probably be tough to beat as he tries to be first to four.

Other top pacers this week include: Cowboy Terrier (Eric Carlson, Ron Burke), who scored a condition victory on Saturday night in a sizzling time of 1:50, fastest of both his career and of all pacers on the young 2018 racing season at Pocono; Kimberlee (Jim Marohn Jr., Ake Svanstedt), a filly whose victory on Sunday night in the first leg of the Bobby Weiss late closer series made her two-for-two at Pocono in the meet and came in a career-best 1:53:3; and Charmbro Curiosity (Marcus Miller, Dan Morrissey), who stepped up in claiming price to $10,000 on Saturday night and won his second straight at Pocono, this one coming in 1:53:4.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: TOUR DE LINDY

A year ago as a three-year-old, the most memorable win for Tour De Lindy came when trainer Lucas Wallin drove him to a victory at Pocono at some of the longest odds for any winner in the entirety of 2017 at the track. When he returned to Pocono racing on March 27, he came in much more highly-regarded. He had begun the year with back-to-back near-miss second-place finishes at The Meadowlands. With Wallin handing the driving chores off to Marcus Miller, the four-year-old gelding easily handled a tough non-winners of four grouping in 1:55, which marked a new career-best time.

On Sunday night, Tour De Lindy stepped up his game to face the non-winners of six group with a purse of $17,000. Leaving from a #6 post in a field of eight, he was made the 1-2 betting favorite in a field of eight. And Miller once again set about putting him out in front of the field with a move to the outside on the race’s first turn. With seemingly no sweat, Tour De Lindy stepped past Zagster and grabbed the lead, daring anyone to come and try to catch him.

Needless to say, nobody could, nor did anyone really threaten his supremacy in the race. After being rated well by Miller, Tour De Lindy powered home in the lane to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Ataboy Hanover and matched his career-best time of 1:55 from the week before in the process. That time was also the fastest of any trotter on the week at Pocono. Considering how well he’s been racing, it will likely be quite a stretch before this gelding is ever again deemed a long shot like he was a year ago.

Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Ameliosi (Marcus Miller, Jenny Melander), a mare whose victory in a condition group on Saturday night in 1:55:1 gave her four wins in five races on the year; Chas Hanover (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who picked up a win in a division of the Weiss series for male trotters on Sunday night in 1:56:2, the fastest time of the three Weiss divisions for that group; and Myrna Myrna (Mike Simons, Scott Betts), who posted the fastest winning time among three divisions of the Weiss for distaff trotters in the slop on Tuesday night with a 1:57:4 victory, a new career-best.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR

This mare rallied from way back in Tuesday night’s featured condition pace to win at 24-1 with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike, paying off $51.80 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MIKE SIMONS

Mike looks well-stocked in the distaff trotting Weiss series after scoring victories in two of the three divisions of the first leg held on Tuesday night.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JENNY MELANDER

Melander had fun with the trotters at Pocono this week, scoring trotting victories with Ameliosi on Saturday night, Meadowbranch Ricky on Sunday, and Ms American Muscle 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.

Don’t Know Chip captures Featured Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 31, 2010)—Don’t Know Chip, driven by Tyler Buter, won the $24,000 open handicap trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday night.

Buter, leaving from the No. 1 post, was sixth at the opening quarter with Speed Bomb (Matt Kakaley) showing the way. First split was timed in 27 seconds and half in 56.3 with Speed Bomb on top.

Don’t Know Chip was taken second over behind Dennis (Andrew McCarthy) going down the backside.

Speed Bomb continued to lead the way at the three-quarter mark with the timer reading 1:25.

Down the stretch Don’t Know Chip trotted past the field to win by 1 and1/2 lengths over Broadway Paige (George Napolitano Jr.) with Badboy Paparazzi A (Mike Simons) third.

In two previous starts in open handicap trot company at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Don’t Know Chip finished with sixth place finishes behind P J Clark and Farifant.
This was the fourth win of the year for Don’t Know Chip, trained by Rob Harmon. Victory pushes yearly earnings to more than $104,000.

Pictures Of Millie equals Trot Mark at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 30, 2010)—It was a very special win for veteran trainer Jim McGettigan Monday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

For his three-year-old Malabar Millennium home-bred trotter not only won but equaled the track mark for three-year-old trotting fillies.

Pictures Of Millie, driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by McGettigan, stopped the timer in 1:53.4 to equal the track mark. That was established a month earlier by Christiana Hanover with Rena Rekila in the sulky.

Napolitano Jr. quickly took Pictures Of Millie to the front from the two post, getting to the opening panel 27.3, half in 56.4, three-quarters in 1:25.2 before trotting home in 28.2 to tie the track record.

This was the fourth win in six starts this season with two second-place finishes for the three-year-old filly trotter owned by McGettigan’s brother, Edward T. McGettigan of Norwalk, CT.

Jim, who trains at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, is a longtime trainer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and this is his first track record here.

Vlos wins Open Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 28, 2010)—Vlos, coming up from the Meadowlands in New Jersey, won the $24,000 open pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Leaving from the No. 1 post, Tony Morgan quickly grabbed the early lead in the seven-horse field and produced a 2 and ½ length win over Southwind Tempo, the only mare in the race.

Time of the mile was 1:50.1 with Drive All Night (Anthony Napolitano) finishing third.
After the opening quarter was timed in 26.4, Vlos grabbed the lead and got to the half in 55.2. The six-year-old Dragon Again stallion, trained by Eric Mollor, was challenged by Southwind Tempo down the backstretch but the latter couldn’t get by on the outside.

Vlos was winning for the sixth time in 18 starts this season and was coming off a second-place finish at the Meadowlands with a time of 1:48.3.

Final Monday Night of Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 28, 2010)—The final Monday night of live harness racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be taking place August 30 with a 6:30 post.
Five nights of harness racing will be featured during the week starting with the Monday evening card since Friday night’s are being added for the remainder of the 2010 meet.
After the Monday card, live action will be taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Saul Needle, director of racing, noted that the finals of The Stallion Series for three-year-olds will be held Friday, September 3.

He reminded horsemen that the draw schedule is as follows: Tuesday for Friday, Wednesday for Saturday, Thursday for Tuesday and Friday for Wednesday.
That schedule will remain in effect through the final night of racing on November 13.
Horsemen having any questions should contact the race office at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.