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Familiar faces make their way back to the track for opening night

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The opening night card of the 2016 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw some familiar trainers and drivers revisiting the winners circle, and the Holiday Road gelding Its Huw You Know capturing the featured $15,500 second race trot in 1:55.2.

Jim Morrill Jr., with a UDR of over .600 starting the season at Buffalo, completed a sweep of the Daily Double with Its Huw You Know, huw who, as opposed to his win in his last start at The Meadowlands where he came from behind, made a quarter-move to the top in front of the stands, stole a 30 second third quarter, then went on to win over My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr.). For trainer Ron Burke, it was his sixth win of the day in Pennsylvania after capturing five at The Meadows in the afternoon, with his Burke Racing owning a piece of all six and main partners Weaver / Bruscemi also listed on five winners including this one.

The Morrill – George Napoiltano Jr. finish was a repeat of the season’s curtainraiser, one of three $14,000 cofeatures, this one for high-end claiming handicap pacers. Forego The Cigar, coming from Northfield with a 6-3-3-0 recent tally, added a win at Pocono to that fine record when Morrill also used quarter-moving tactics with the Western Terror in defeating Cotton Eyed Joe (“GNap”) in 1:52.4 for trainer Dale Loney and owner Amy Loney. (Not surprisingly for Pocono, the 1-2 finishers were claimed out of the race, at a track where Saturday night claims usually ran into the double digits the last couple years.)

The $14,000 conditioned actually went considerably fastest than the feature, as Zooming returned to the track where he took his 1:51 mark two years ago and won here for defending driver champion George Napoitano Jr., going 1:53.3 with the temperatures near 40 degrees. Zooming had to go the hard uncovered trip against pacesetting P L Houdini (guided by George’s brother Anthony), but despite the rough journey the Classic Photo gelding had more than enough to get by for trainer Amber Buter and owners Steve Oldford, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and Tyler Buter.

Eric Carlson completed a consecutive double when he drove Star Cover to a win 1:51 engine triumph in the other $14,000 feature, a high-level conditioned pace. The altered son of Royal Mattjesty had posted three seconds in as many recent starts between Woodbine and The Meadows, but he found the famous Pocono surface just the right answer for trainer Brewer Adams and Owner Joseph Trice.

Just as the fastest trotting time did not come in the biggest purse event, so too did the quickest pacing triumph come outside the twin features for that gait. UF Rockin Dragon, a Rocknroll Hanover gelding handled by Anthony Napolitano, lowered his lifetime mark to 1:50.2 in a $12,500 conditioned pace, with the engine score tacking on a 27.3 kicker to leave little doubt for trainer Mark Ford and owners Up Front Racing LLC.

Pocono races on a Saturday-Tuesday schedule in March, with 16 races slated for this Tuesday at 6:30. The mountain oval adds Sundays on April 3 (with a new Sunday starting time of 7:30), and Mondays on April 11th, racing these four days most of the 2016 campaign.

Distaff Trotters Take Part in Sire Stakes at Pocono

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

August 31, 2012

Aspidistra Hanover, Frau Blucher, and Upfrontluckycarol won their respective divisions of the Pennsylvaina Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday night. Three divisions were held for 2-year-old trotting fillies with purses ranging from $109,713 to $110,713.

Aspidistra Hanover (Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover) took the first split with a strong first over move. Ron Pierce did the driving for owners Kelley Racing Stable LLC, Joe Sbrocco, and William Weaver III and trainer Paul Kelley, as Aspidistra Hanover scored in the night’s fastest Sire Stakes time of 1:55:1 at 6-1. Antsy Dancey was a close second and favorite Fashion Athena settled for third.

In the second split, even-money favorite Frau Blucher (Broadway Hall-My Angel) controlled matters on the front end for the victory in 1:56. Dave Palone did the driving for owners Hauser Bros Racing Enterprise LLC and Matt Tudisco and trainer Chris Oakes. True Valentine finished second while Royal Assets picked up the show.

Upfrontluckycarol (Andover Hall-Batbreaker) was a front-running winner at 4-1 in the night’s final Sire Stakes division in 1:56. David Miller was in the bike for owners Up Front Racing LLC and Murray Brown and trainer Kelly O’Donnell. Morningstar finished second and Sina picked up the show.