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On a night that is typically named “Mischief Night”, the Grey Ghosts will take to the track at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the annual Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace.  The race will consist of all grey horses, and it is quite the eerie sight to see!  Tuesday, October 30th, will be a frightfully fun night at the track! Making his 6th start in this Halloween pace is Gotta Love Him for trainer Cindy Weitoish.  The 10-year-old veteran’s won this race in 2014 and 2015, and his owners are hoping that his first win this year will be by the light of the ghostly Halloween-eve moon.  Matt Kakaley drives the popular gelding, who brings his own cheering section, from post 1. White Rolls won this race in 2016 with driver Jim Marohn Jr., and this year, he will be driven by Pat Berry.  Amanda Malone trains the 5 year old.  Another returning “Grey Ghost” is White Bliss, who is snow-white in color and a true attraction to see!  Ake Svanstedt trains the 6 year old and Simon Allard picks up the drive.  Rounding out the field is Marc Mellow Man for Rob Harmon with Tyler Buter driving; and Gypsy Leather for William Adamczyk.  The horses are ready!  The Winner’s Circle is decorated. There will be face painting starting at 5:30pm, and children can paint a pumpkin, so bring the kids!  Plus, there will be free candy!  Don’t miss this fun Halloween event on Tuesday, October 30th!  Post time for the night is 7:00pm, and the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace is race 4 on the card. by Jennifer Starr,, for Pocono Downs

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is preparing for the biggest night in harness racing, the Breeders Crown, on Saturday, October 27th.  Post Time for this superb night of racing is 5:30pm. There will be three Pick 4 wagers offered on the card, each one with a $40,000 guaranteed pool.  The Pick 4 wagers start with race 3. In addition, the popular Rainbow Pick 5 will return for Breeders Crown night with a mandatory $75,000 guaranteed pool payout.  The Rainbow Pick 5 starts with race 10, and will include the 3-year-old Colt Pace and the Open Pace.  All of these exciting wagers, combined with the 15% takeout offered for the entire card, will make for the most thrilling night of racing this season, and perhaps for years to come! by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is still searching for a few more grey or roan pacers for the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace. Set for Tuesday, October 30th, “Mischief Night”,  it will be the perfect night for the ghostly greys to “appear” on the 5/8 mile oval in Wilkes Barre, PA.  This will be the sixth year for this fun family event!  The race will once again be sponsored by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.  The winning horse will be presented with his or her trophy by children of Pocono horsemen in costume, and the Winner’s Circle is sporting spooky decor to set the mood for the race. Children in costume are welcome!  There will be face painting; free candy; and children can choose and paint their own pumpkin.  All the activities will get underway at 5:00pm, so get here early for the fun!  Post Time for the night card is 7:00pm and the race number is TBA.  Expect the unexpected in Post Parade, as in the past, a few drivers have been replaced with strange and scary creatures of the night! Anyone interested in being a part of this fun event with their grey or roan should contact Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195 as soon as possible. ***According to the U.S. Trotting Association, the governing body of harness racing, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color.  The most famous was the former world champion trotter and Hambletonian winner, Greyhound. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs            

WILKES-BARRE PA – Driver Anthony Napolitano swept the entire card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night. Both races. Rain storms became so severe that racing was canceled after the second race. Rain starting before the card had made the track “good” for the first race, which “ANap” won in 1:54.3 with the midlevel conditioned trotter Second Sister, moving past the ¼ to a lead the pair would never surrender. The rain intensified before race two, causing a further downgrading of the track to “sloppy,” but Anthony Nap’s tactics didn’t change, as he had A And C Artist out and clamoring for the lead in front of the stands, reaching the top just before the half – which is just when the skies really opened up, with high winds and lightning joining in the mix. Napolitano kept A And C Artist rolling to hit the wire in 1:54 in the bottom claiming pace, and then went directly to the paddock after the race, bypassing the winners circle. It was the last action of the evening, as the deteriorating conditions did not allow for safe racing, so the remainder of the card was cancelled, and Anthony can tell his grandkids, “Did you ever hear about the night I swept the card at Pocono?” The 3-7 ANap Daily Double, by the way, returned $41.80. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

Breeders Crown 2018 is quickly approaching, and more events have been added to the terrific event planned at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Eliminations weekend will be Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.  Fans can pick up their program starting at 5:00pm on either night, and exchange the attached coupon for a souvenir Breeders Crown hat.  Quantities are limited. The Friday coupon will be valid Friday only.  Redemption is 9:00pm – 10:00pm in the lower Grandstand.  In addition, on Friday, 10/19, fans can meet former Philadelphia Eagle Keith Byars in the racing lobby!  The football star will stop by the track for autographs and photos starting at 5:30pm, and this is a wristband—only event, with wristbands distributed starting at 2:00pm in a limited supply.  Only authorized photos will be signed, and they will be distributed at the signing.  Post Time for both eliminations nights is 7:00pm.  There will be plenty of free grandstand, patio, and apron seating for both nights, and fans are encouraged to get here early.  Admission and self-parking is free.  Various food trucks will be on the apron with plenty of food for the fans to enjoy while watching the great racing action.  Post time for finals night on Saturday, October 27th is 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the VIP Tent, which includes a hot and cold buffet, table seating, program, and cash bar, at www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-tickets.html. Patio, Grandstand, and apron seating will be open to everyone, and free of charge.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

The Breeders Crown is three months away at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the track is busy preparing for the biggest night in harness racing.  On October 27th, all 12 championship races will be held on one night at the track in Northeast PA. Tickets for the VIP Tent go on sale on Wednesday, August 15th, and include a delicious hot and cold buffet; table seating with a great view of the track; a commemorative program; betting machines; and a cash bar.  They are $50 plus a convenience fee, and may be purchased at https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-tickets.html.  A limited amount of tickets will be sold for the tent seating online, and mailed as they are ordered. Also on sale starting August 15th will be the VIP Horsemen’s Tent, located just below the apron and close to the Paddock.  The tickets are $50, and include the hot and cold buffet; cash bar; and commemorative program.  Horsemen may purchase directly through the Pocono PHHA office, cash or check only.  For information, please call 570.831.2129.  The VIP Ballroom tickets will go on sale at a later date.  Pacer’s Clubhouse will be reserved exclusively for owners.  Eliminations for the event take place Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.  by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs  

The 2018 Harness Horse Youth camp had an exciting finale to their week-long stay at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with three thrilling exhibition races on the world-famous 5/8 miles oval.  Accompanied by Pocono drivers, the children donned harness racing colors and thrilled the crowd made up of family and friends. The first Exhibition was won by Logan Keller of Kingston, PA, who drove Pokie’s Topshot accompanied by driver Joe Poliseno.  His brother, Jatym, won the second race with Royal Attire, assisted by driver Matt Romano.  Exhibition 3 was a tightly contested race between Pokie’s Topshot and Alivia Smith (with Matt Romano) and CD’s Miss M, driven by Lucas Rideout and assisted by Joe Poliseno, coming right down to a nose win by Pokie’s Topshot. All campers were joined in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle by Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director Mike Harant and Horsemen’s Representative Pete Antosh, along with Marketing Manager Jennifer Starr, for a special trophy and medal presentation.  A few tears were shed as the children said goodbye to their fellow campers and Ellen Taylor, camp director, and her counselors, Katie Eick, Morgan Kiehl, and John Reames.  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the PHHA are looking forward to next year’s camp, and extend a special thanks to all volunteer horsemen who made this year’s camp such a huge success. **The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. by Jennifer Starr, for Mohegan Sun

The harness racing stars of tomorrow are coming!  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, are welcoming the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp to the track in Wilkes Barre, PA from Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 21st. Seven girls and three boys between the ages of 12 and 14 will be spending the week learning all about harness racing while working hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses. They will learn all about the care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. The camp director, Ellen Taylor, and her counselors, are assisted by Pocono horsemen who volunteer their time for the week with the various learning activities. Also during the week, the campers enjoy several other events, including a night watching the live harness racing action; riding in the starting gate and learning about the duties performed by the starter judge and other track personnel; as well as fun activities after hours, including bowling and a pool party.  The camp concludes on Saturday, July 21st with three exciting races on the famous Pocono oval with the children accompanied by Pocono drivers.  Approximate Post Time for the races is 5:15pm, with an awards ceremony in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle after the races.  All in all, it is a week filled with lots of hard work…and fun! This year, nine children are from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties in Pennsylvania, and one of the campers is from Massachusetts. This camp is one of several across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 28) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jennifer Starr, the harness racing marketing director at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono; Jimmy Takter, trainer of Manchego; Jordan Stratton, driver of Marion Marauder; and Jim Campbell, trains a slew of horses participating in stakes on Saturday. Starr, the racing marketing director at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, joins the program to talk about the happenings at the track on Saturday. The pair will discusses the races and what the track has available to patrons. Takter, trainer of Manchego, will discuss his champion three-year-old filly. She was victorious against the boys during her elimination and she looks to take them down for the second week in a row in the $500,000 final. Takter told Ken Weingartner that he believes his filly has something left in the tank for Saturday night. Stratton, who drove Marion Marauder last week, joins the show to discuss how the champion trotter handled the 1/2 of Yonkers Raceway. The duo will discuss with Stratton how he feels he can handle the different size tracks going forward and what may be next for the Triple Crown winner. Campbell trains a slew of horses throughout the three big stakes races and consolations Saturday night at Pocono. The pair talks to Campbell about all of the horses he has entered and how he feels they are training up to the big weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive atwww.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Saturday, June 30th, the very best of the best harness racing trotters and pacers in North America will descend upon the Downs at MohegaSun Pocono in Northeast PA for Sun Stakes Saturday, when the stars shine SO bright.  All eyes will be on the filly Manchego, now 15 for 15, clocking the fastest in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations of 1:52.4, with the gelding Crystal Fashion missing by a nose.  She starts from post 6 and will once again be “against the boys”.  Also in the spotlight will be North America Cup winner Lather Up, entering the final of the Max Hempt Memorial off his powerful 1:49 win in the eliminations, looking like he still had plenty left in the tank for driver Montrell Teague. Lather Up, 7-for-7 this year for trainer Clyde Francis, starts from the not-easy post 7. Ben Franklin 2014 winner McWicked returns to this superstar field, which includes Heaven Rocks A and All Bets Off, who won his elimination after favorite Sintra (also in the final), crossed the wire first but was placed back for a violation of the pylons rule.  The James Lynch Memorial is equally full of star power, with Kissin’ In The Sand drawing the difficult 9 post, and Youaremycandygirl looking to get back to winning form.  The Downs is thrilled to welcome the incomparable Foiled Again on Saturday, racing in the third, a conditioned pace.  The 100th win in the illustrious career of the “Richest Standardbred of all time” is within his grasp!  Foiled Again won the Franklin here in 2013, setting the World Record in his elimination of 1:48, and returning for a thrilling final on a sloppy track in 1:49.2.  The day begins with a special Meet and Greet with Julius “Dr J” Erving in the Racing Lobby at 4:30pm  This is a wristband-only event, with wristbands being distributed at 1:00pm.  A Racing Rewards card is required, and only the distributed authorized photos will be signed. Also on Saturday, the first 300 fans will receive a souvenir cooler pack.  Coupon is required and in the live racing program, available starting at 11:00am.  Redemption is between 9:00PM and 10:00Pm in the lower Grandstand bar.  The promotion is one per fan, while supplies last, with their Racing Rewards card. Post Time is 7:00pm, with plenty of seating on the apron and patio,  as well as free self-parking and free admission. Patio and apron bars will be open with ice cold beverages, and there’ll be a food tent.  No off-property food or beverages are permitted.  Racing for the track in Northeast PA continues through November 17 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday.   

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce our 2018 harness racing season schedule. The track in Northeast PA is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing, with the Breeders Crown returning for the third time. Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 17 at a new Post Time of 7:00pm for all race nights, with the exception of Easter Sunday at 5:00pm and all three Triple Crown nights. In the month of March, racing continues on Tuesday, March 20th; Saturday, March 24th; Sunday, March 25th; Tuesday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 31st. Beginning in April, the track will move to its permanent schedule of Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with no racing on Monday, April 2nd and Monday, September 10th. Stakes action kicks off in early April with a Late Closing Series, and spring and summer action includes the PA Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds starting in May, as well as the PA All-Stars and PA Stallion Series. All three continue throughout the season, with the 2-year-olds taking center stage starting in July. The PA Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds is on Sunday, September 2. The prestigious $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday is June 30th featuring the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot; $500,000 Ben Franklin Free For All Pace; 500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Pace; and the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial Pace. Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 23. Breeders Crown 2018 is Saturday, October 27th, with eliminations Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. According to Dale Rapson, Vice President of Racing Operations, Crown '18 promises to be a memorable one with all twelve races in one night. "We are very excited to bring back the Breeders Crown, and are already planning a great event," he said. The track is working closely with the Hambletonian Society and the PHHA on the spectacular night of racing. "I'm really looking forward to my first Breeders Crown with Pocono," said Mike Harant, Executive Director of the PHHA, "as well as the entire 2018 racing season." A double-header of live racing is once again planned for Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 5th, with a first post of 11:00am and the second card approximately 7:30pm. Racing follows the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and will also be an approximate Post Time of 7:30pm. Plenty of fan-friendly events and promotions are in the works for the season, and opening night will be "50/50 Night". Fans get $50 in free live racing vouchers when they buy $50, and valid on the live racing racing card that evening, while supplies last. Fans get a free live program on opening night starting at 5:00pm, also while supplies last. Additional fun events are planned throughout the season, including celebrity meet-and-greet autograph sessions with several sports stars; giveaway items; and on Kentucky Derby day, the annual "Run for the Roses Hat Revue" which is the contest for the most fashionable hats in several categories with cash prizes. In addition, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will add the text messaging service for promotional giveaways, as well as updates for fans on upcoming events and big race nights. Fans can opt in starting in March, and regular message and data rates may apply. The stables will open for the season on Thursday, March 1st at 7:30am, and the familiar sight of horses training will soon be the first sign of spring and the 53rd year of racing at the Downs. Qualifying dates have been set for Tuesday, March 6th; Thursday, March 8th; and then every Wednesday thereafter for the remainder of the season. Jennifer Starr

The weather looks sufficiently cold and gloomy on Halloween night, the perfect setting for the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono sponsored by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. The race with all grey horses is the 4th on the 14 race card.  Post positions were assigned.  Making his 5th start in this Halloween pace is Gotta Love Him for trainer Cindy Weitoish. The 9-year-old veteran’s won this race in 2014 and 2015, and his owners are hoping that his first win this year will be by the light of the ghostly All Hallows’ Eve moon.  He has the third biggest earnings in this field, currently at $208,515, and is 12/1 with driver Austin Siegelman. White Rolls won this race in 2016 with driver Jim Marohn Jr., and the duo re-team for this year.  Michael Hall trains the 4 year old, with odds of 3/1. Another returning “Grey Ghost” is Six Gun, who comes in from racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  He’s now in the Paul Stratton barn, and has 5 wins in 26 this year; the gelding is at 5/1 and George Napolitano Jr.’s driver choice. Simon Allard drives Donald Doc, new to Team Allard and to this race.  The 4-year-old is making his first start at Pocono after racing at Tioga.  Another new face is Toejamminmomma for Valeriya Medik, one of three mares in this field, who qualified at Pocono on 10/18 and hadn’t raced since June 11th in the Open at Goshen, finishing 4th. Jim Taggart Jr. steps in to drive.  Anthony Ciuffetelli ships in with Forever Effie, who has been racing at Saratoga, and is 11 for 27 in the money this year.  Andrew McCarthy drives.  Winter Blast at 6/1, returns from Canada for trainer Carmen Auciello, and had a start last week at Yonkers, finishing 5th on a sloppy track.  Eric Carlson has the reins. On what will be Doug Hamilton’s last official night of training before he retires, Stirling Escort enters the race off a 2nd at Pocono this past Saturday evening, and is 4/1 with driver Matt Kakaley. Another new face is Gadsden Hanover trained by Mark Ford.  Racing primarily at Yonkers, the mare is the morning line favorite at 5/2.  Anthony Napolitano drives.  The horses are ready!  The Winner’s Circle is decorated. The Paddock team and racing staff will be in costume!  Bring the kids in costume for a fun night!  There’s plenty of candy and other treats; a special photo area; and the Harness Museum has lots of great souvenirs for sale!  Post Time for the night is 6:30PM. Jennifer Starr 

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Veteran harness racing horseman Doug Hamilton was honored by Pocono and by the local horseman's colony as he retired from training, with management and a huge portion of Pocono backstretch's community gathering in the winner's circle after the third race for the ceremony. The 70-year-old Hamilton, a native of Ontario, drove 3675 winners during his career, and had trained 515 winners since the USTA started keeping records in 1992. The popular Hamilton was carrying on strongly right until his retirement, having won with three of the last eight starters he sent out in his career. Phil Langley, former president of the USTA who had used Hamilton as the trainer-driver for horses he owned, sent a congratulatory note. Langley, who had given the speech when Hamilton was inducted into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame, said, "It was an honor to work with such a great trainer and gentleman for several years, and I wish him the best in his retirement. He will be missed by everyone in harness racing." Ron Hamstra, who with his father Sam in their Sandbur Farms had horses with Hamilton for over 35 years, drove all the way over from Indiana earlier in the day just to be part of the special occasion. He said after the ceremony, "As a trainer and a gentleman, you couldn't ask for anyone better. As a friend, nothing was too much for him to do in friendship." ******* Trainer Jimmy Takter, who is hoping for success in three days' time at Hoosier Park with a couple of fillies named Ariana G and Manchego in the Breeders Crown , had a distaff from his barn take the $14,000 top-level conditioned pace at Pocono, as the Jennas Beach Boy filly Best Of Jenna reduced her mark to 1:51.2. Driver Andrew McCarthy, who has a favored filly in Friday's Breeders Crown races as well with Caviart Ally, moved the Pocono newcomer to the lead after the quarter and guided her home clear by 1½ lengths over Albany Girl, who in turn had a neck on Amateur Hour for second. Owner Mark Graber is an Indianan, and not the Ohioan who had the well-remembered trotter Overcomer some 30 years ago.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

On Saturday, October 21st, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is proud to welcome former New York Yankees great Don Mattingly for autographs and photos at the racetrack.  The signing will take place from 4:00PM to 6:00PM in the Racing Lobby. This is a wristband-only event, and wristbands will be distributed starting at 2:00PM in the lobby.  Fans may start lining up at 1:00PM, and there is a limited number available. For the signing, authorized photos will be distributed, and only these will be signed.  Fans are welcome to take photos with their cell phones or bring their cameras for a quick photo opp. Live racing immediately follows this great event, with a Post Time of 6:30PM, and 14 races on the card. Parking and admission is free. By Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp returns to the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, PA the week of July 18-22.  Eleven children between the ages of 12 and 14 will be spending the week learning all about harness racing while working hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses.  Among the topics covered will be care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers.  During the week, the campers enjoy several other events, including dinner at Pacers Clubhouse and a night watching the live harness racing action; riding in the starting gate and learning about the duties performed by the starter judge; as well as fun activities after hours, including bowling and a pool party. This year, the children are all from across the state of Pennsylvania with the exception of one from Maryland.  The camp is one of several across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Jennifer Starr – The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's Rainbow Pick 5 carryover is now at $31,281.89 going into the harness racing Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations night, June 24th. The wager is 20 cents, and is on races 10 through 14, which includes eliminations for the James Lynch Memorial; Max Hempt Memorial; Ben Franklin Free-For-All; and the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot. Saturday's Post Time is 6:30PM. Sun Stakes Saturday, with $2 million in purses, is July 1st. Jennifer Starr Racing Marketing Manager Racing Operations

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