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WILKES-BARRE, PA - Trainers Ron Burke and Nancy Takter each accounted for two $30,000  harness racing divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing colts during a Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Burke sending out the fastest two winners and Takter harnessing victorious sons of Always B Miki. Fulsome, a colt by Betting Line - Triple V Hanover, was much better in his second purse start to break his maiden and win the fastest of the five All-Stars sections. Moved to the lead in the second quarter by driver Yannick Gingras, the pair came their last split in :27.3 to post a 1:52.2 victory, two lengths clear of Capt Jack Hanover. William Donovan, Thomas Dillon, Purnel & Libby, and Joe Sbrocco co-own the Burke trainee.   The Brigade sent out the 1-2 finishers in the first All-Stars race, as the Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman followed the cover of fellow 6-5 shot and stablemate Summa Cum Laude late on the backstretch, then finished out his own back half in :54.4 - :27.1 to defeat his barnmate by a half-length in a career best 1:52.4. A winner in the first prelim of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes as well, Lou's Pearlman was driven by Joe Bongiorno in his All-Stars triumph for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Elizabeth Novak, and Howard Taylor.   The Takter-trained Always A Miki squared off against fellow PA Sires winner Bayfield Beach in his division, but after Always A Miki got away with a :57.4 half, there was no catching him in the :55.3 - :27.2 back fractions, completing this mile in 1:53.2 after winning his Sires event a full second faster. The Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt defeated Bayfield Beach by 1¾ lengths; mention should also be mentioned of 59-1 shot Whole Lotta Lou, who came uncovered from seventh and held for third. Dexter Dunn had sulky duty behind the winner for owners Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables.   The Always B Miki - Katie Said colt Monterey Jack made his purse debut a winning one for Nancy Takter, getting a 58.3 half after forcing a lineup from the rail, then jetting home in :55.3 - :27.2 for a new mark of 1:54.1, 3¾ lengths ahead of Batterup Hanover. Yannick Gingras, getting a Sire Stakes victory for both doubling trainers, drove "Jack" to the easy win for Black Horse Racing, Caviart Farms, and John Fielding.   In the other All-Stars event, the Captaintreacherous - Calgary Hanover gelding Chase H Hanover also used the rail to force an early lineup, then sprinted home in :55.1 - :27.1 to take a mark of 1:53.2, 1¾ lengths ahead of Straight Talk. Scott Cox conditions the David Miller-driven winner for himself and co-owner Jason Ash.   The two-year-olds have come to establish their form quickly in Pennsylvania - all five winners were sent off as the posttime betting favorite. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Many owners and trainers contemplating entering their top three-year-old trotters for the sport's greatest prize, the Hambletonian, got a good evaluation of their horse's prowess three weeks before Hambo elim day as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono held three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for this division on Saturday afternoon. Fastest winner was the Father Patrick colt Big Oil, undefeated in two starts this year and the setter of a world record for a dead-heat on the trot when he tied with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 at Lexington last year. Andrew McCarthy, deputizing in the sulky for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC, sent the favored colt to the early lead in a 27.2 opener - but then got a bit of surprise as second choice Chestnut Hill rocketed from eighth to first in the second quarter, looping a parked horse, and putting Big Oil in the pocket in middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:24.4 (third split with the wind). Chestnut Hill got away by a couple of lengths into the stretch, but then his hard exertions started to get to him, and as Big Oil charged up in the Pocono Pike, the pacesetter lapsed from stride, with Big Oil winding up ¼ lengths to the good at the end of the 1:53.2 mile. Despite the late miscue, Chestnut Hill impressed with his speed and held second after a brief inquiry found he violated no rules.   The Father Patrick gelding Amigo Volo, who set four world records during his freshman campaign and earned over $600,000, earned his first victory in his second 2020 start, winning another division by two lengths in 1:54. George Napolitano Jr. sent the winner to the front early and looked to be in control throughout, keeping pocketsitter Swiss House Onfire at bay for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership of Pinske Stables and David J. Miller.   The Andover Hall colt DD's Redemption may be given a shot at the upcoming big money, as in only his fifth lifetime start he took a new mark of 1:54.4 in his All-Stars cut. Ãke Svanstedt raced "DD" in the pocket after Shinkansen insisted on the lead, moved out headstretch, and then just did hold off the 55-1 Overserved, who shot up the vacated inside to miss by the slimmest of margins. Svanstedt is also the trainer of the chancy colt for Meri Equicare LLC.   George Napolitano Jr. wound up the day with six visits to the winners circle. The final one gave Pocono its fastest mile of the year so far as Branquinho, a son of Somebeachsomewhere who had missed only two lengths behind Workin Ona Mystery in a Graduate division at Tioga, closed off a cutthroat pace to take a new mark of 1:49.3 for owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. During a twilight card starting 5 p.m. tomorrow, Pocono will feature five divisions of an All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing colts, which will include three winners from the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes: Always A Miki, Bayfield Beach, and Lou's Pearlman. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Pennsylvania All-Stars series brings together this weekend two interesting groups of harness racing colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - three-year-old trotters on Saturday afternoon and two-year-old pacers on Sunday's twilight card. 17 of the 27 trotters entered in Saturday's thee $30,000 divisions of All-Stars races are eligible to contest the sport's greatest prize, The Hambletonian, on Saturday, August 8. The owners and trainers of the Hambo eligibles will be getting a good reading on their horses' ability exactly three weeks before the elimination races for the Hambletonian. Amigo Volo is the richest and probably the best-known of the entrants. The altered son of Father Patrick, trained by Nifty Norman for the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller, earned $610,546 at age two and set four world records for his age, sex, and gait. He undoubtedly needed his seasonal debut last week after not having raced since November, and he will have the services of Pocono's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., as he seeks to further establish his Hambo credentials while starting from post two in the eighth race All-Stars section. At Lexington last year, Big Oil dead-heated with divisional champion Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1, making him a world champion in that the tie was the fastest one ever clocked on the trot. Another son of Father Patrick, Big Oil won his 2020 debut easily in 1:55 at Philly, and he will start from post five in the tenth race section, with Tyler Buter picked for the drive for trainer Julie Miller and owners Jason, Douglas, and Ronald Allen. There is no outstanding favorite in the sixth race division, though the Muscle Hill colt Hillexotic, starting from post five, may draw some attention. He won a Big M qualifier in 1:54.4, making him the only horse in this division with a sub-1:55 mark at either two or three, and he closed in :26.2 for fourth in his only purse race of the year, signaling room for improvement for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. Sunday's All-Stars action for baby sidewheeling colts has attracted enough interest to schedule five $30,000 divisions. Three of the entrants were winners in the first preliminary of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Philly: Bayfield Beach (1:52.4) and Always A Miki (1:52.2), both in the tenth race division, and race three's Lou's Pearlman (1:53.3). From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Here is the first Week In Review for The Downs at Mohegan Sun. PACER OF THE WEEK: TURBO HILL 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. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PAT MATTERS 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. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: D'DREAM 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. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR George Nap took firm control of the race for most wins in 2020 by a driver on Saturday afternoon with an eight-victory explosion. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MELANDER 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        

WILKES-BARRE,  PA - Two-year-olds were in the harness racing spotlight during the Tuesday afternoon card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four freshmen looking to have bright prospects after capturing their first purse starts. The faster of two events for pacing colts was the JK Endofanera - Nashville Blues colt JK Objection, who stopped the timer in 1:54.1. Andrew McCarthy made his move after early contention, got the lead near the half, then posted successive :28.1 fractions home to win nicely for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Nancy Takter, and the 3 Brothers Stables.   Lindysalwaysthinkn was put into contention from the outside post nine by driver George Napolitano Jr., then proved to have the most at the end of a 1:55.4 mile while paying an un-Napolitano-like $27.60. Andrew Harris had the son of Always B Miki - Think Pink sharp for the OB Stables. "George Nap" topped all drivers Tuesday with four wins on the card. Also overcoming the outermost post draw was the Somebeachsomewhere - Lindy's Nightmare pacing filly Lindy At The Beach, who tucked third early, brushed to challenge entering the far turn, and drove off to win handily in 1:55.4 for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Domenico Cecere, and Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Yet another sharp baby who was stuck behind the 8-ball at the post shake, the Swan For All - Cheetah Hall trotting filly Swift Swanda, was able to overcome her adverse starting fortune to win her debut in 1:58, coming her personal back half in :56.3 in edging out Callas by a nose. Marcus Miller was in charge for trainer/father Erv Miller and the ownership of Anthony Lombardi and Kales Company LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs-

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Two more trotting colts from the seemingly-endless line produced by the Marcus Melander stable were among the three winners of $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for freshmen conducted Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The faster of the two winners from Melander, last year’s Trainer of the Year, was the colt In Range, by Bar Hopping out of Ilia (the dam of $400G+ winners Tight Lines and Long Tom). Tim Tetrick hustled the baby away from the rail, kept him in line when he suffered some “Pocono paddock greenness” coming off the first turn (where the Pocono paddock is), yielded to stablemate Incentive for the two-hole, then came up the inside in the stretch to catch his barnmate by 1¾ lengths in 1:55.1. The fast freshman is owned by AMG Stable Inc., Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Asell, and Rick Wahlstadt. The other Melander victory went to the Father Patrick colt out of Southern Senorita (dam of millionaire Guccio), Bidensky, who stopped the timer in 1:55.3. Marcus’s younger brother Mattias was willing to keep Bidensky three-wide most of the first turn in order to get the lead, and he maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way, with a late-closing Tart Tongue only getting as close as 1¼ lengths away at the finish. Bidensky is owned by Brixton Medical Inc. Both the Melander youngsters were betting favorites; the third winner, Southwind Mazzarati, rewarded his backers with an 11-1 payoff. The Southwind Frank colt out of Alix Hall (dam of the $900G+ winner Flex The Muscle) got the lead at the quarter under Andrew McCarthy’s handling, could rate a 1:00 middle half, then sprinted home in :28.4 to complete a 1:58.2 mile that saw Arnold N Dicky 1½ lengths in back of him at the wire. The Lucas Wallin pupil is co-owned by his trainer, Mazza Racing Stables LLC, and Stormi And Bruiser Stables. Driver Tyler Buter had four wins on the card, one of them with Wild Bill, a son of Somebeachsomewhere – Wild West Show, making him a full brother to world champion Huntsville. The long-memoried may recall that this horse showed the potential of a world-beater at the dawn of his career in mid-2017, but fate has not been kind to him until today, when he rushed to the lead at the half and went on to victory in a lifetime best 1:50.2. It’s hard to believe that the promising baby here achieved just the sixth triumph of his career, but maybe now is his time for owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. from the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Betterthancheddar mare Miss You N, given a fine pocket trip by driver Scott Zeron, gained into a :54.3 last half to catch pacesetter Vorst by a half-length while taking a new mark of 1:51.2 in winning the $14,000 pacing feature for mares during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miss You N was away quickly and stretched Vorst to a :27.2 opener, then yielded and sat in the two-hole as Vorst got a breather to a :56.4 half. Favored Apple Bottom Jeans made a good first-over move to and past a 1:24 three-quarters to challenge, but eventually the race came down to the first two inside horses, and Zeron utilized the Pocono Pike to catch the pacesetter. Ross Croghan trains the winner for the partnership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC, who saw their mare boost her bankroll to $181,430.   The Irish-bred mare Blackwell Ruby IR showed no rust after a near-four month layoff, brushing to the lead in front of the stands and going on to a career-best 1:51.2 triumph in a $13,600 distaff pacing class. Jim Marohn Jr. drove the winner of 12 for 16 lifetime for trainer Bob Cleary and owner Gavin Murdock, and she shows every indication of being a threat to tougher mares (though she can still win in this class twice more based on her meager earnings before going westward across the Atlantic). Stopping the clock a tick faster than the featured females was the Captaintreacherous sophomore colt A Positive Hanover, who was pointed right down the road by driver Corey Callahan upon coming in from Canada and kept on rolling to a convincing 1:51.1 triumph for a new lifetime best. Third in a division of the Bluegrass at two, A Positive Hanover looks ready to fulfill his potential now for trainer Blake MacIntosh, co-owner with Steve Heimbecker, Touchstone Farms Inc. and Larry Denley. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - After posting six winners Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, driver George Napolitano Jr. went two better by triumphing eight times on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including taking both $17,200 featured races and also guiding the two fastest harness racing winners on the card. The features were separated in time only by a fifth of a second, but the "slower" mile was probably the more impressive - because it was posted by a trotter, the talented Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters, who took a new mark of 1:51.4, also the fastest trot mile of the year here. Napolitano made two speed moves with the winner of $263,606 in setting fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:23.3, who then showed determination to the wire in holding off 36-1 threat Stormy Kromer by a head. Nifty Norman saw his trainee notch her second straight triumph for the Patricia Stable.   In the top-level pace, Napolitano also made it two straight wins for Turbo Hill, whose 1:51.3 victory was his 16th in a 35-race career that has seen him amass $215,745 for owner Tom Hill. There was an awful lot of front-end contention in a contest with such "moderate" fractions as :27, :55, and 1:22.4, but "George Nap" had the winning son of American Ideal racing in the pocket, and he used the Pocono Pike in order to go on to victory with the Jennifer Bongiorno-trained horse.   Fastest winner on the Pocono card was Dealt A Winner, an altered son of the recently-deceased Cam's Card Shark, who has had his share of the spotlight since all the way back to 2015, where he was the fastest sophomore of the year in 1:47.3, faster than Wiggle It Jiggleit. Five years later and now with a bankroll of $1,326.724, Dealt A Winner can still put up fractions of :26.2, :54.2, and 1:21.3 then finish the mile out in 1:49.4, quickest of the year at Pocono while winning for Napolitano, trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeffrey Snyder. Also drawing attention was the Captaintreacherous sophomore colt Chief Mate, who is undefeated in two seasonal starts and who now has a nice new mark of 1:50. Napolitano sent the fleet colt to the front just after the quarter and appeared to be on cruise control nearing the wire, marking him as perhaps a late-developing factor for stakes competition for trainer Tony Alagna and the partnership of Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing. The Pocono players have developed the proper respect for George Napolitano Jr.'s abilities - he was favored in each of the octet of races he won. On the other hand, midcard there were victories in successive races by Bay Meadows ($51.40) and Rock Three Times ($54.00). From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The 2020 harness racing stakes season kicks into high gear starting Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three nine-horse divisions of two-year-old trotting colts getting their first taste of fast-class action in $30,000 sections of the group's Pennsylvania All-Stars racing. The barn of Marcus Melander, voted the 2019 Trainer of the Year after sending out Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and a seemingly-endless line of quality stakes trotters, will be harnessing the favorites in two of the divisions. In race seven, Melander actually has the two favorites in the morning line, with the Father Patrick - Tanya's Dance colt Incentive given a slight edge off a 1:57.2 Meadowlands victory as he starts from post three for driver Brian Sears; In Range, the Bar Hopping - Ilia colt who finished second to Incentive in his first lifetime start, will try to turn the tables on his barnmate from post one for driver Tim Tetrick. The race ten favorite will be another horse for Marcus Melander and sire Father Patrick, Bidensky (dam Southern Senorita), who will start from post six with Marcus's younger brother Mattias slated for sulky duty. Bidensky was second after setting the pace in a very fast 1:55.2 Meadowlands mile in his last start, two lengths behind Southwind Tyrion; his primary competition may come from another son of Father Patrick, Glacier Hanover (dam Global Desire), a $470,000 yearling who showed improvement between his first and second start. In race nine, Father Patrick's sensational sire success early in his career gets reaffirmed by the appointing of another one of his sons, Ethics, as the morning line favorite. Out of the dam Speak To Me, Ethics was just outsprinted at the end of a 1:57 qualifier at The Meadowlands last time out. Tim Tetrick will be driving for trainer Per Engblom; the youngster will face the difficulty of starting from post eight in his purse bow. Monday will give the local bettors their first chance to see these two-year-old trotting colts; many of them will be back here August 23 for a leg of their Sire Stakes event, and then the best of the group will gather on Saturday afternoon, September 5 for their Sire Stakes Championship on a $1.2 million Championship day for the various divisions of two-year-olds at The Downs. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Fastest of the two-year-olds learning their early lessons at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Wednesday morning was the Art Major - Brownsville Bomber pacing colt Frazzleberry, who posted a clocking of 1:57. Chuck Connor Jr. had Frazzleberry in last early, but the freshman responded when asked for speed, pacing his individual last half in :57 to win for trainer Janice Connor and the partnership of Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. An intriguing winner during the morning session was Derailed Hanover, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the notable mare D Train, the dam of champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. The $150,000 yearling let nothing get in her way in the 1:59.4 victory, heading straight for the lead and snapping home in :29.1 for driver Mark MacDonald, trainer Paul Kelley, and the ownership of P K Racing Stable, Hall of Famer James Simpson, and Thomas Pontone. Driver Tyler Buter took the other three freshman trots, with Mister Boinga, an altered son of Bar Hopping - Boinga, in 2:02.3 and with the Credit Winner - Jesse's Con gelding Credit Con in 1:59.3; he also was successful with the Credit Winner - Mischief Lady filly Shady Shenanigans in 2:03. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two-year-olds were in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with American Courage fastest in the pacing contests in 1:54.1, while trotting speed honors were shared by Bacardi and Above The Clouds at 1:58.1. Both of the trotting winners needed the photo finish camera to confirm their victories. The Southwind Frank - Strawberry Wine colt Bacardi raced in the pocket behind favored Sevenshadesofgrey, then methodically wore down the frontrunner to post a half-length victory for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. shares ownership of the winner with All-Wright Racing LLC, the Engel Stable of IL LLC, and the Rock And Roll Stable Inc. Three baby filly trotters were right on the wire together in a contest taken by the Explosive Matter - Miss Michelle H miss Above The Clouds, who was game to the wire despite an uncovered journey to defeat Pocono Pike rusher Fox Valley Liza and pacesetter Myreanna for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and the Bay Pond Racing Stable. The American Ideal - Nota Fool Bluechip colt American Courage was well-placed off a backstretch duel, then swept around his field on the far turn en route to a six length victory. Matt Kakaley was in charge of the quick colt for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. Kakaley had the hot hands on the Tuesday card with four winners, only one of which was favored. In one race, after a foe was disqualified for going inside the pylons in the stretch, Diamondbeach and Kakaley lit up the tote board with a $54.20 win payoff, giving Matt the local lead with three $50+ "bombers" at Pocono this season. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA – Over a surface that had improved from “sloppy” to “good” to “fast” by the time the $14,000 featured mares pace took to the track on the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Baron Remy showed no rust after 3½ months away from the races, going on to a 1:51.2 victory. Andrew McCarthy made a three-wide move late on the backstretch with the Yankee Cruiser mare to gain contention after a fast pace, and Baron Remy was more than equal to the challenge, getting to two-wide on the turn and then proving her superiority late. The Ron Burke trainee, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr (who had his namesake horse win at Philly earlier in the day), now sports earnings of $629,122. A couple of three-year-olds marked themselves as ones to watch while the track was still “sloppy.” Right now the Captaintreacherous filly Party Girl Hill must be thought of as “ceiling unlimited,” as after coming home in :53.2 and :53.1 in Meadowlands qualifiers and then winning her purse bow in 1:50.2 - :52.4 - :26, Party Girl Hill was sent to Pocono by trainer Chris Ryder and handled the stepup from “nw1” to “nw4” with aplomb, dominating her field in 1:52.4. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the developing miss to an easy victory for owner Tom Hill. The Yankee Glide colt Hell Patrol seems to be finding top form at a good time, as he was guided to the top by Mattias Melander and rattled down the road in a 1:55.1 mile. Yet another in the seemingly-endless line of quality diamondgaiters from the barn of Marcus Melander, Hell Patrol is owned by Courant Inc.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Rich And Miserable, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, returned to northeast Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon and immediately resumed his winning ways, posting a 1:52.4 victory over a good harness racing track in the $20,000 winners-over contest. Driver Tyler Buter wound up in third early with the gelded son of Explosive Matter as favored Obrigado put up hot early fractions of :26.4 and :55.2, not having to move outside until approaching the 1:23.3 three-quarters. Rich And Miserable quickly got in gear and went by the leader fairly easily for his 17th win in 49 lifetime starts, good for $417,922. Todd Buter trains the successful trotter for Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. Rich And Miserable Like Rich And Miserable, Turbo Hill was a 12-time winner in 2019, and like that trotter the son of American Ideal won the feature on his gait on the Saturday Pocono program. Boosting his lifetime bankroll to $207,145, Turbo Hill raced in the pocket, went to the Pocono Pike to gain the stretch lead, then held off a closing Skyway Quinton to his left to post a 1:50.3 victory in the $17,200 contest for owner Tom Hill. Turbo Hill Trainer Jennifer Bongiorno rang up her third victory on the card, and George Napolitano Jr. visited the winners circle (he's actually doing that even though there is currently no ceremony, with no fans) for the fifth time on the card. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing trainer Erv Miller, fourth on the statistics list in both lifetime conditioning victories and money won, sent out four successful two-year-olds, a pair of males on each gait, during harness racing qualifiers for babies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fastest performer in the early action was Carrythetorchman, a colt by American Ideal out of Kattimon, who has produced two $400G winners already. She may have three to her credit if this baby continues to show top speed, as he made two moves to the lead then stepped home in :55.4 to win in 1:57, taking his second straight qualifier for Miller, driver Atlee Bender, and owners Ronald Michelon and the War Horse Stables. The other victorious Miller pacer was the Art Major - Wenditions colt Not Today, who overcame the outside post nine in 1:58.4 for Erv and driver/son Marcus Miller and the ownership of Michael Anderson, Louis Willinger, and George Golemes. Erv Miller also sent out the fastest trotting male in the Chapter Seven - Chandler T gelding Cschapeterone, whom Atlee Bender steered to success in 2:01.1 for the Ervin Miller Stable, Tangie Massie, Louis Willinger, and Harvey Eisman. Stablemate Mystical King was just a tick behind Cschapeterone in completing the Erv Miller quadruple for driver Marcus Miller and the partnership of the Ervin Miller Stable, Mystical Marker Farms, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable. Trainer Jenny Melander sent out two successful trotting filly freshman winners, with the Cantab Hall - All That Sparkles miss Myreanna taking speed honors with a wire-to-wire 1:59.2 win for driver Matt Kakaley and the JPS Racing Stables LLC. Jenny herself handled the Cantab Hall - Tymal Elvira distaff Two Piece Tanlines and probably didn't like being thirteen lengths behind at the three-quarters, but the front-end speed gave way and Melander guided her baby home first in 2:03.2 for Melander Racing Inc., John Devito and Michael and Gary Card. Finally, quickest of the freshman pacing fillies was the Roll With Joe - Special Sweetheart freshman Special Olivia, who went to the lead down the backstretch and carried her speed to the wire in a 1:58.1 win for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and owner John Fleischman. For full results of todays qualifiers click here PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tuesday marked the first time in 2020 that harness racing two-year-olds went before the bettors at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with paces for both sexes offered. The Always B Miki - Jan It Jackson colt Billy Clyde, a half-brother to Semi Tough, won his pari-mutuel debut in 1:55.4 after posting a 1:55.1 clocking in a Meadowlands qualifier. Mark MacDonald moved the freshman to the front passing the stands, rated the pace to the three-quarters, then rushed the colt home in :27.4 for trainer Ray Schnittker, who is also co-owner with Dr. John Egloff. Heading the fillies section was Bossy Linda, a daughter of Roll With Joe - Ideal Ginny (a full sister to four $450G+ winners), who went to the top and stayed in command with some Marcus Miller reminding in 1:56, bettering her 1:57.4 time posted in her initial outing in a Wingate Farm qualifier. Marcus's father Erv Miller is developing the baby nicely for owners D R Van Witzenburg and George Golemes. Most impressive among the "older set" was Caliber, who won off a familiar pattern - a Ron Burke trainee in his seasonal debut after a useful qualifier. Driver Matt Kakaley, who had four wins during the program, occasionally had to remind his charge to stay in high gear, but Caliber certainly did that, lowering his mark to 1:50.4 with a :55.1 back half. A sophomore gelding by Sweet Lou out of world champion Allstar Rating (his third dam is also a world champion, Delinquent Account), Caliber appears to have good things in front of him for Diamond Creek Racing.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - A pair of well-bred three-year-old harness racing maidens making their 2020 purse debut - the pacer coming off three qualifying wins, the trotter making his pari-mutuel bow - posted win times surpassed by nobody on their respective gaits on Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. First up was Party Whip, a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Hedgie Blue Chip, a full sister to the $1.7M winner Hypnotic Blue Chip. The youngster was looped out of the gate then raced up to the lead, set a fast pace with pressure from odds-on Lou's Sweetrevenge, yet still was able to hold off that rival by a length in 1:51.4. The pairing of driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen added another victory to their recent form skein as Party Whip won for William Wiswell, Jean Goehnlen, and Eugene Schick. Party Whip Trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt is known for having his charges ready to fire as soon as they get to the races, and such was the case here with Harley K, a colt by Sebastian K S (with whom Ãke set the world record for 5/8-mile tracks right here). Harley K went first-over, showed a touch of greenness drifting out a bit towards headstretch (where the Pocono paddock is), but was straightened out by Svanstedt to catch a tough Solar by a head in 1:54.2. Out of Caviar Session, a full sister to world champions Triumphant Caviar and Centurion ATM, the promising sophomore is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Little E LLC, and Kenneth Kjellgren. Harley K PHHA / Pocono

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