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Week In Review for Pocono Downs

07:20 AM 08 Jul 2020 NZST
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First qualifiers of 2007 at Mohegan Sun
Courtesy Of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Here is the first Week In Review for The Downs at Mohegan Sun.


This five-year-old stallion from the barn of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno came back off the layoff with a strong victory in a $17,500 condition pace in June 27 at Pocono. He was back at it again on Saturday against the same class, leaving from post position #5 in the nine-horse field as the 3-5 betting favorite. It was a contested pace and Turbo Hill found himself in between horses on the first turn, but driver George Napolitano Jr. maneuvered him to a pocket trip behind Soho Lennon.

A speed duel raged in front of him, but Turbo Hill bided his time until the stretch when he made his move in the passing lane. Although there were other closers lining up, the favorite took advantage of the positioning and came home a winner by a length in the feature over Declan Seelster. Turbo Hill paced the mile in 1:51:3 for his second straight win against excellent competition on the Pocono oval.

Honorable mention on the pacing side goes to: Dealt A Winner (George Napolitano Jr., Mark Silva), who scored a condition win on Saturday in 1:49:4, the fastest time of the 2020 meet at Pocono to date; Lespndnitetogeta N (Jordan Stratton, Shane Tritton), whose condition win on Saturday in a career-best 1:50:4 moved his record to two victories in two US races; and Blackwell Ruby IR (Jim Marohn Jr., Robert Cleary), a mare who overcame a four-month layoff to pick up her third straight win at Pocono on Sunday night in a condition pace with a career-best 1:51:2.


Last week this five-year-old mare handled a $14,000 condition trotting group for a win in 1:53:4. Even though she was moving up in class on Saturday to face a $17,200 condition field, she was still made the 1-2 betting favorite in the field of nine. Leaving from post position #5, Pat Matters launched a bid for the lead on the front stretch and took it away from Explosivebreakaway just shy of the clubhouse turn.

Driver George Napolitano Jr. was able to gain some separation with Pat Matters on the back stretch. That was crucial, as Stormy Kromer surged late first-over but came up a nose short. In hanging on for the victory, Pat Matters trotted the mile in 1:51:4, a new career-best and the fastest trotting time so far in the 2020 meet at Pocono.

Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Bella Ava (Matt Kakaley, Jenny Melander), a mare who moved up in class to pick up her second straight condition win on Sunday night, this one coming in 1:55:3; In Range (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), who, in his debut, posted the fastest winning time (1:55:1) out of three divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars on Tuesday for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings; and Axios (George Napolitano Jr., Peter Pellegrino), whose victory in a claimer on Tuesday in 1:56 gave him three wins in a row, two of which have occurred at Pocono.


With Billy Carter in the bike, this mare rallied from out of the clouds on Sunday night for a condition win at 43-1, paying off $88.60 on a $2 win ticket.


George Nap took firm control of the race for most wins in 2020 by a driver on Saturday afternoon with an eight-victory explosion.


In three divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars races for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Monday, Melander has two of the three winners (In Range and Bidensky.)

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

by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs





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