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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three gelding Rebellious gave driver Anthony Napolitano his sixth of seven winners on the Saturday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when he won the $21,500 featured pace in 1:51.3. The three-year-old Hitman Hill, favored against more seasoned rivals despite not having raced since his Little Brown Jug elimination, moved to the lead past the 26.2 opener and got a big breather to the 56.2 half. "Anthony Nap" had Rebellious second-over by the 1:24.2 ¾ clocking, and through the lane the sharp pacer, still last at the stretch call, swept past everybody to claim a 1¾ length victory, coming his personal back fractions in 54.1 - 26.2 despite 46-degree temperatures. Michael Deters trains the winner of two straight and 13 races overall in 2018, and co-owns him with Joel Warner; the pair purchased the late-bloomer after he started the 2018 season hot at Pompano for Team Zeron. In the $18,000 claiming handicap pace co-feature, Onlythetuffsurvive was the first horse to show off the gate, but with constant lead changes and challenges, he found himself fourth-inside past the ¾. But in the stretch the innermost part of the Pocono Pike opened up to the altered son of A Stud Named Sue, and driver Marcus Miller's horse was full of pace to catch Pembroke Wildcat, going for his fourth straight win, in 1:52.1. Onlythetuffsurvive, who lost a streak of his own last week - he had been second five straight times before going offstride in his last outing - got back to winning form in a big way for trainer Donald Billings and Samuel Abdoo, and paid $51.20 to win in the bargain. But that price was almost "chalk" considering the previous race, where trotter Atlantic Crest, whose previous three races were a win, a break on the lead, and a win, handled an upgrade in company with aplomb for owner/trainer/driver Sergio Corona, also using the Pocono Pike to win going away and return $98.00 for a two-dollar ticket. This was the eleventh time this meet that Pocono has had two $50+ winners on one card, and the second in three days - it also happened this past Monday - but the first time that longshots had clicked in successive races since April 3. Anthony Napolitano's brother George, the meet's leading driver, had three wins on his own Saturday, putting "the Nap brothers" in double digits for the 13-race card. FINISHING LINES - Pocono goes into high Breeders Crown gear on Monday, when both all supplemental entries must be made and the fields for the two-year-old eliminations, to be raced Friday, will be drawn. Elims for the three-year-olds and the older divisions will be drawn Tuesday and raced Saturday. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

In just three days the entry box closes for potential supplements to the three-year-old and older races and all two-year old divisions of the $6 million Breeders Crown Finals on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. You can access the Pocono condition sheet here: Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 15, in the race office at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. Foreign invitees to the Crown Trot must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts vary by division. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. Two-year-olds eligible to the $600,000 freshman events declare in by 9:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Three-year-olds and older horses eligible to their respective divisions declare in by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 19 with three-year-old and open elims on Saturday, Oct. 20, both nights starting at the regular post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] Eliminations split at 12 entries. Because there are no trailers allowed at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, if 10 or 11 horses enter, the two highest money earners receive byes and there will be a single elimination to "qualify" the remaining nine horses for the final. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. There will be 24-hour retention barns for eliminations and finals. The 12 Breeders Crown events will be raced Saturday, Oct. 27 with an early post time of 5:30 p.m. [EDT]. There will be 15% take-out on all wagers, on all three days of Breeders Crown competition. For more information and racing conditions click: or call 609-371-221 by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The two-year-old American Ideal - Shake That Junk colt Shake That House might well have earned himself a spot in his division's Breeders Crown elimination ten days hence at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, coming within 3/5 of a second of his divisional world record by winning a $15,000 pace Tuesday in 1:50.2 over the mountain oval. The winner, a ¾ brother to 2017 Breeders Crown champion Split The House, quarter-moved from third for driver George Napolitano Jr. after another well-bred horse, the sophomore Captain Deo (a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of the $1.9M-winning Worldly Beauty), smoked the opening panel in 25.3 in the "nw 4 races" event. Shake That House went on to post midsplits of 54.3 and 1:22.1, then held off the stretch charge of Captain Deo by a half-length. It was the seventh lifetime start and third win for Shake That House, who was coming off a 3-3 finish in the Metro elims and final, and who previously had won in 1:52.2 at Vernon. Chris Oakes, the trainer of not only Split The House but also the new world's fastest trotter Homicide Hunter, conditions the rapidly-developing freshman for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Norfolk Racing Stables. The 1:50.2 clocking was just short of the 1:49.4 world record of Somestarsomewhere set, appropriately enough, in a 2013 Breeders Crown elimination right here at Pocono. Earlier, Napolitano did something he does not do regularly - drive a horse who paid $50.80 to win. Revelry, who had only one show finish in seven career starts despite often showing good early speed, used off-the-pace tactics on Tuesday to give "George Nap" his third $50+ horse of the meet. Trainer/driver Fern Paquet Jr. also got in on the Tuesday longshot fun by handling Embassy Seelster as she came home first to the tune of $53.60, giving Pocono its tenth card of the meet during which two winners paid $50+. Napolitano, the track's leading driver both all-time and this season, had five winners on the Tuesday Pocono card, and his brother Anthony visited Victory Lane three times. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

The countdown is on to the Breeders' Crown, now just a couple weeks away from taking place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Based on some of the incredible stakes performances being delivered recently at other tracks around the country, this has the making of one of the most memorable Breeders Crown editions in many years. We can't wait, but we also don't want to give short shrift to the excellent overnight action going on each and every racing night at Pocono. With that in mind, let's hand out some Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: PEMBROKE WILDCAT Throughout the summer and even into the early part of September, this six-year-old gelding competed against the toughest claimers on the grounds at Pocono. He was often a kind of best-of-the-rest competitor, but that started to change when worked out a pocket trip for a victory in the $30,000-$40,000 claiming handicaps on September 22 in 1:50, a new career-best. The following week, Pembroke Wildcat once again worked out the perfect trip and scored, this time in 1:51.4. On Saturday night, he once again faced off with the $30,000-$40,000 claiming handicappers, leaving from post position #2 in a field of eight. Pembroke Wildcat was made a 6-5 second choice behind Ideal Kiss at 2-5, even though he had beaten Ideal Kiss in one of his previous two victories. Perhaps bettors were a bit skeptical about the fact that he had need a trip to win the previous two. When Pembroke Wildcat got away mid-pack while Ideal Kiss set the pace, it was time for him to prove that he had another trick up his sleeve. Driver Anthony Napolitano sent Pembroke Wildcat, trained by Brittany Robertson, on a first-over journey on the back stretch to try and corral the leaders. Once he pulled up even, Pembroke Wildcat flew right on past the defenseless Ideal Kiss and kept right on rolling until he hit the line in front by two lengths in 1:50.1. There shouldn't be any more lingering doubts about this gelding, because he certainly picked up that third straight victory the hard way. Other top pacers this week include: Voracity (Eric Carlson, Ron Burke), who moved up in class on Saturday night but still managed his second consecutive condition win in sub-1:50 territory, pacing the mile in 1:49.4; Zero The Hero (George Napolitano Jr., Hunter Oakes), who tore it up on Saturday night for this third straight claiming win, this one coming in 1:49.4; and That Man Of Mine (George Napolitano Jr.,), whose win on Saturday night in a claiming handicap in 1:51.4 gave him five victories in a row, four of which have come at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: TWO AM Sunday night's featured condition trot with a purse of $21,500 was filled to the brim with trotters who were having excellent seasons. Two AM, a four-year-old gelding trained by Todd Buter, came into the race with four victories on the season, but none quite at the level he was dealing with on Sunday night. Still, he had won his previous race at Pocono on September 29 in 1:53.4, and was a star as a three-year-old, so the move up in class wasn't completely out of the question. With Tyler Buter in the bike, Two AM sat back early as the pace was set by Crazshana. Tyler Buter waited for some cover and then sent the gelding second-over once he found that cover on the back stretch in the form of Elysium Lindy. That horse carried Two AM as far as he could go before starting to tire. The same fate befell Crazshana, who started to feel it in the lane as well. That left Prairie Fortune, the 3-2 favorite who was sitting in the pocket, and Two AM, who was revving up out wide. Two AM may have had the tougher journey, but it didn't stop him from showing powerful closing kick. In fact, he out-trotted Prairie Fortune and came up a winner by three-parts of a length. His winning time of 1:52.4 was the fastest that anyone trotted at Pocono this past week. With his second straight victory, this time against the toughest trotters on the grounds, Two AM is looking very much like the big earner he was just a year ago. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: Mighty Macko (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), a three-year-old filly who scored her second straight condition win on Sunday night, this one in 1:55.3; Silvermass Volo (Eric Carlson, Michael Holcman), who powered to a condition victory on Saturday night in 1:53.3; and Cant U Spell (George Napolitano Jr., Jody Riedel), who moved up in class on Tuesday night to captures his second straight condition trot and get it done in a career-best 1:54.2. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: RAISING KERCKHAERT It was a memorable maiden victory for this trotter, as he picked up a condition won on Sunday night with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike at 49-1, paying off $101.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: JIM TAGGART JR. Taggart was the guy you wanted this week if you liked long shots, as he brought home a 49-1 on Sunday night with Raising Kerckheart and then scored at 10-1 with Sneak On Bye on Monday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: SCOTT DI DOMENICO Di Domenico always seem to bring in a high percentage of winners at Pocono, and he managed victories with both of his starters on Sunday night. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Mike Simons stands on the doorstep of the milestone of 4000 career driving victories, as he won three races on Monday, including two at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the 15,840 feet his horses covered in those three winning miles for Simons, the aggregate margin of victory was about 40 inches - and with each race, the margin drew tighter. Mike won in the afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia with trotter D'Dream for trainer Neal Ehrhart, going by by a neck. At Pocono Monday night, Simons bookended the card with a pair of "Tom-trained horses," taking the first with the Tom Gummerson-conditioned trotter El Pescadoro by a head, and then the last with pacer Griffon Hanover for trainer Tom Fanning by - you guessed it, a nose. (Maybe Simons will dead-heat for win for #4000.) The 57-year-old Simons, a resident of nearby Nazareth PA, has won 100 or more races every year since 2002 in a sulky career that started in the early eighties. Mike led the driver win standings at Pocono in 2002, and in fact was only the second driver to win 200 races in a single season at Pocono, behind Walter Case Jr. His best year statistically came in 2007, when he won a total of 274 races and $2.9 million. Simons is known as "The Trot Man" because he seems to have a special affinity for getting success out of horses of the gait, and sometimes at large mutuels. Unfortunately from the standpoint of Pocono, his "base track" for many years, when Simons gets win #4000, it won't be at the mountain oval, as The Downs will not be back in action until Saturday. Simons has a drive with Ask Queenie, a 9-2 proposition, in the F&M pacing feature at Monticello this afternoon, and then at Yonkers tonight he has five horses listed, the one with the best chance of winning being the trotter Eldorado Of Gold S, listed at 7-2 in the fourth race. His next slated action beyond Tuesday is Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The five-year-old Mister Big gelding Just Toyin With Ya tried new tactics in the $13,000 featured harness racing pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday night - go fast, then go even faster, then go faster yet - and they worked to perfection, as the pacer stormed to a 1:49.4 victory, lowering his mark by over two seconds. Driver Eric Carlson had the pedal to the metal early with Just Toyin With Ya and laid down winners-over-type fractions of 26.2, 54.2, and 1:21.2, opening a four length lead going around the final turn and carrying his speed to the wire for a 6 1/2 length tally over You Got Trumped, as the winner certainly lived up to his name in the estimation of those trailing him across the wire. Unraced at both two and three and with only one show in two starts at age four, Just Toyin With Ya seems ready to make up for the lost time with this breakthrough tally. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the winning pacer, who likely won't be racing for an $18,000 tag next time behind the gate. From PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two AM won his second consecutive race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday evening, overcoming the outside post eight to capture the $21,500 featured trot on the card in 1:52.4. Driver Tim Buter tucked in midpack early with the altered son of Muscle Massive, then raced the last half with second-over cover. Two AM then put in a big late surge to defeat favored Prairie Fortune, who was coming on from the pocket, by ¾ of a length, with ABC Muscles Boy another neck back after a third-inside trip. Two AM, who made an early name for himself by winning his PA Stallion Series Championship in 2016 in a still-record 1:55.3, boosted his lifetime bankroll to $287,936 with Sunday's triumph. Todd Buter conditions the winner for the Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs, and Carol Fuhs. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. claimed possession of the outright lead in both categories of the "Leading Longshot Driver at Pocono" chase by reining Raising Kerckhaert to victory in the sophomore's 23rd lifetime start while paying $101.40 for a $2 win ticket. Taggart, who was Pocono's overall winningest driver during the 2001 season, now has six winners at the 2018 meet who have paid $50+, and a pair who topped the $100 figure. Raising Kerckhaert's trainer/owner Austin Brubacker also has his claim to $100 winner fame - in 2016 at Harrah's, his trainee Marion Coca paid over triple figures to win three times during the year, including in successive weeks in late summer. From the PHHA/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  

As we roll into the month of October, it is hard to ignore the fact that, by the end of this month, a dozen division champions will be crowned on October 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown is fast approaching, but we still have some business to conduct at Pocono in the few weeks between now and then. Namely, some more outstanding overnight racing action, such as what transpired these past four racing nights to produces these Weekly Award winners. PACER OF THE WEEK: ROCKSTAR ANGEL A This Australian-bred mare has taken a shine to Pocono even since arriving from overseas this past summer. So far all of her victories in the United States has come at the Pocono oval, including a win in her U.S. debut back in July and an impressive victory on September 4 in a $17,000 condition pace in a career-best 1:51. Leading into Sunday night's featured $21,500 condition pace for mares, Rockstar Angel A had not raced since that September 4 win, a span of almost four weeks. The fact that there was a possible rust factor and the step up in class may have been why Rockstar Angel A went off as a 3-1 third choice on the board with an inside post in a field of seven. That also could have been a byproduct of the quality of the field, which was led by Bettorhaveanother, winner of the finals of the Great Northeast Open mares pacing series final in her previous race at Pocono. It was indeed Betterhaveanother who set the pace, ceding the lead around the clubhouse turn to 3-2 favorite Penpal. Meanwhile Rockstar Angel A sat on the inside about four lengths away on the back stretch. Once driver George Napolitano Jr. called on this Chris Oakes trainee around the last turn, she gobbled up the margin. She overtook Penpal and Betterhaveanother and held off fellow closer Don't Think Twice to win it by a neck. Her winning time was 1:51.2, and Rockstar Angel A now has two straight wins against the very toughest distaffers that Pocono has to offer. Other top pacers this week include: Pembroke Wildcat (Anthony Napolitano, Brittany Robertson), who picked up his second straight claiming handicap victory against the toughest claimers on the grounds at Pocono on Saturday night, winning this one in 1:51.4: Voracity (Eric Carlson, Ron Burke), who returned from New York to defeat a condition field on Saturday night in 1:49.3, the fastest time at Pocono this past week and a new career mark; and Well Played Out (Tyler Buter, Alex Kavoleff), who rolled to his second straight conditional claiming win on Monday night, getting it done in a career-best 1:52.2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: TYSON This five-year-old gelding has been one of the better performers on the trotting side all meet long at Pocono. Trained by Edwin Gannon Jr., Tyson has earned the bulk of his seven victories this year at Pocono. The kicker is that most of those wins have come when he hasn't been a favorite, with several coming at middle-priced odds. On Sunday night he dropped down into a $17,500 condition group and went off as the 5-2 third choice in a field of seven. Driver Eric Carlson held Tyson back in the middle of the pack early as Dream Baby Dream, the race favorite, headed for the front. Elysium Lindy set right behind the leader on the inside. As they rounded the final turn, Dream Baby Dream went on a speed break. That was a big break for Tyson, who otherwise might have been hopelessly blocked or had too much ground to make up in the stretch if he had been locked into his third-in journey. Instead he wound up right behind Elysium Lindy, who had inherited the lead from the breaking horse. In the stretch, Carlson tipped Tyson to the outside and he won a tight stretch duel over Elysium Lindy. The margin was just a head, but the 1:53.4 winning time by the gelding matched the fastest trotting time this past week at Pocono. We are getting closer to yearend awards time at Pocono, and Tyson is a trotter who definitely deserves consideration. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Two AM (Tyler Buter, Todd Buter), who dropped down in class to win a condition trot on Saturday night in 1:53.4, matching Tyson for the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; Mandela Blue Chip (Tyler Buter, Alex Kavoleff), who handled a condition field on Monday night in a sharp time of 1:54.1; and Second Sister (Anthony Napolitano, Michael Deters), a mare who snuck in a condition won on Tuesday night in 1:54.3 before rain cancelled the remainder of the card. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SOME GOLD Nobody saw it coming when this condition pacer driven by Vinny Ginsburg upended the field on Saturday night at stunning odds of 114-1, paying off $230.80 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: TYLER BUTER Buter has returned to a more regular driving role this year at Pocono and has been on fire of late, tallying three wins on Saturday night and then four more on the Monday program. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: CHRIS OAKES The Oakes' barn had a field day on Sunday night, ripping off five victories out of five starters sent to the gate, including a win in the mares pacing feature with Rockstar Angel. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The change in month from September to October made no difference either to the Mach Three mare Intoview or to her driver George Napolitano Jr., as the pair teamed again for a fourth straight victory while scoring in the $14,000 claiming handicap pace Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This may have been the most impressive of Intoview's four-string of victories, as she equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.1 in winning, and she did it the hard way: going up first-over against favored pacesetter Tataria, who hung up early splits of 26.4 and 55.4, then was pressed by Intoview to reach the ¾ in 1:22.4 - a 27 second third split, with Intoview going two ticks faster in charging up to duel with the leader. Through the stretch, the outside horse proved the stronger of the pair, winning by 1¼ lengths, with Tataria photoing out pocketsitting LK's Nancy Lee for second. Intoview has now earned $23,815 since joining the father/son team of Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the latter the owner, five races back, and her current lifetime tally is $157,301. As for Napolitano, who won 60 races at Pocono during September (and 30 more at Harrah's Philadelphia), it was business as usual, with "George Nap" reporting home first four times. In addition, Tyler Buter also scored four winners. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. , ended a highly successful September with six victories on the Sunday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Four of the wins came with horses from the Chris Oakes stable, including a 1:51.2 triumph with Rockstar Angel A in the $21,500 distaff feature pace. The early pace in the top event was creaking, as Great Northeast Series champion Bettorhaveanother zipped away from the outside post seven, got to the lead in 28.4, and then reached the half in 57.3 (about average for "nw3" trotters here). The tempo picked up dramatically at that point, though, as favored Penpal, who paced her own third quarter in 26.2 while winning last week, came up with a roar uncovered and was quickly on top just past the midpoint, scorching to the ¾ in 1:23.4 - a third split in 26.1. Rockstar Angel A and "George Nap" pulled from third on the far turn, with countrymate Don't Think Twice A, making her U.S. debut, moving out behind her, while Bettorhaveanother went to the Pocono Pike to challenge Penpal. The quarter of mares went at each other through the stretch, with Bettorhaveanother gaining a short lead midstretch, only to see Rockstar Angel A go by with 100 feet to go, then hold off Dont Think Twice A (who paced her own last half in 52.4) by a neck. Bettorhaveanother was third, another neck back; Penpal fading to fourth. Rockstar Angel A, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by the Northfolk Racing Stable, was imported from Down Under this year, and now has seven wins in her 2018 campaign, with $196,002 in career earnings. Napolitano just missed a seventh win in the $17,500 co-feature trot, as Elysium Lindy, who was racing second behind favorite Dream Baby Dream, inherited the lead on the last bend when that one went offstride, but Tyson, following the top two horses, had enough punch in the stretch to get a head decision in 1:53.4. Eric Carlson had sulky duties behind the Donato Hanover gelding, who is trained by Ed Gannon Jr., co-owner with Frank Canzone, and Tyson raised his career share of the purse to $200,300. George Napolitano Jr. had three wins earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, overhauling previous meet leader Tim Tetrick in that track's victory column, and thus combined with his six wins at Pocono had nine visits to Victory Lane on the day. "George Nap" had 90 triumphs during the month of September, with 2/3 of those coming at the mountain oval and the other 1/3 at the other end of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Rodeo Romeo used his vaunted early foot and propelled his 2018 earnings over the $150,000 mark when he led at every call in winning the $21,500 pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.3. The son of Rocknroll Hanover cleared to the lead just after a 26.2 opening quarter, and then driver Eric Carlson was able to get him a rest to the 55.2 half. From there, favored Stormont Czar A came up first-over, with Rodeo Rock hot on his bumper at the 1:23 3/4s, but Rodeo Romeo was kept alive at crunch time, holding off Stormont Czar A by a nose, with Rodeo Rock just another neck back in third. The Chris Ryder trainee, owned by Oompa's Farm Inc. and Robert Mondillo, has now bankrolled $154,080 this season and $335,029 lifetime. Pembroke Wildcat won his second straight race when he was victorious in the $18,000 claiming handicap pace in 1:51.4. Driver Anthony Napolitano got the winning Western Maverick gelding away in the two hole behind Polak A, stepping up in company in search of his fourth straight win, but after fractions of 26.2, 55.3, and 1:23.2, Polak A could not sustain, and Pembroke Wildcat was able to make the lead and then resist 42-1 shot Onlythetuffsurvive, second for the fifth straight start, by a head. Brittany Robertson trains and owns the career winner of $345,227. For 46-year-old trainer Michael Seddon, making his career debut as a conditioner, certainly will have the Pocono patrons remembering his name - not too many trainers have a lifetime profit generation of 11410%. The very first horse Seddon ever sent out, Some Gold, rallied from an inside trip for trainer Vinnie Ginsburg to tally in an $11,000 pace and return $230.80 for a $2 ticket - despite winning his last start at Freehold. Of the eight horses who have paid in excess of $50 at Pocono since August 11, five of them have lit up the board for $100+, including season's leader College Hanover ($336.60) on September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

We continue to barrel forward in the 2018 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, closer and closer to the Breeders Crown in late October. With each passing week, the excitement builds just a little bit more. Meanwhile, the overnight action at Pocono continues to impress. A new batch of star performers seems to step forward each week, and these past four racing nights were no different. Let's hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: INTOVIEW Respect has been hard-earned for this seven-year-old mare trained by Gilbert Garcia-Owen, but success has been easier to come by for her. After going winless in her first 15 races of the year, Intoview found her stride with a condition pacing win at Harrah's at the end of August at 7-1. She then came to Pocono and managed to make a late rally at 5-1 to capture a $15,000 to $20,000 claiming handicap on September 17, winning in 1:53 on a sloppy track. On Monday night, Intoview took on that same claiming handicap group, leaving from post position #4. Yet even with the two consecutive wins, she still went off as the 9-5 second choice. The 7-5 favorite was LK's Nancy Lee, a horse that Intoview had beaten the week before. LK's Nancy Lee set the pace on Monday night, while Intoview made an early first-over move. Driver George Napolitano Jr. couldn't get her immediately to the front, meaning that she was parked around two turns. As they hit the stretch, the top two were joined by pocket horse Rosy Outlook and second-cover closer Tataria. It seemed for a moment about midway through the straightaway that Intoview was staring to drop back. But then she surged again as the line approached, nipping LK's Nancy Lee by a head in a hard-fought 1:52.4. That makes three straight wins, including two straight Monday night features, for the mare, who might just start more betting attention to go along with the victories. Other top pacers this week include: Areyoureadygirl (George Napolitano Jr., Hunter Oakes), a mare who won her second claiming handicap on Monday night in 1:52.3; giving her wins in the last four races that she has been at the Pocono oval; Pembroke Wildcat (Anthony Napolitano, Brittany Robertson), who captured a claiming handicap pace on Saturday night in 1:50, a new career-best and the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono; and Sir Pugsley (Pat Berry, Ron Burke), who delivered a win in the Saturday night feature pace in 1:50.2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: D' DREAM One thing we consistently see at Pocono is that horses ship in from all over the place. Sometimes, it's a case of trainers and owners wanting to test the waters at a top track. Other times, horses are purchased from other locations to come and race for a Pocono trainer. The latter seems to have been the case with D' Dream, a three-year-old filly. She had been racing in fair races in the state of Ohio, picking up back-to-back wins on that circuit in the month of August. D' Dream than arrived at Pocono and immediately paid dividends for new trainer Neal Ehrhart, winning a race on September 16 for her first ever pari-mutuel victory. On Monday night, she was at it again, this time against the non-winners of two fillies and mares trotters. Leaving from post position #1 in a field of nine as a 2-1 second choice, the filly settled in third in the early part of the mile as Fair Chase, the 9-5 favorite, set the early pace. When an opening presented itself on the back stretch, driver Mike Simons took advantage, sending D' Dream on a first-over journey. She blew by Fair Chase in a matter of moments and opened up a wide advantage on the rest of the field. It was all academic from there as the filly powered home a 3 ½-length winner in 1:57, a new career-best. Ohio fairs, Pocono bright lights: It's all the same to D' Dream. She just keeps on beating everybody in her path. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Boffin (George Napolitano Jr., Anette Lorentzon), who rolled to the victory in Sunday night's featured condition trot in 1:53.3, the fastest trotting time of the week; Wisenheimer (Steve Smith, Jenny Melander), who rolled to a condition win on Saturday night in 1:55.1; and Jack Rules (Simon Allard, Tony Dinges), who moved up in class on Tuesday night but sill scored his second consecutive win, this one coming in 1:56.2 on an off-track. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: ACTRESS HANOVER The maiden victory for this two-year-old pacing filly will be a memorable one, as she scored in a condition on Tuesday might with Mike Simons driving at 65-1, paying off $140.20 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: KEVIN WALLIS If you like long shots, Wallis was your man this past weekend, winning three races on Saturday and Sunday, all with horses whose odds were greater than 10-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: LOU PENA Pena, who was once a training champ at Pocono, found some of the old magic on Saturday night, ripping off three victories on the program. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs.

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Monica Gallagher, who was away from the races for three months in spring and early summer, has worked her way back to top form, as she showed on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning the $17,500 featured distaff pace, her first visit to Victory Lane since April 26. Matt Kakaley got Monica Gallagher away quickly, making the lead after the quick 26.2 opener on a "good +1" track, then yielded to race favorite Skippin By near the 55.2 half to sit a pocket journey. Truth And Liberty, second-over past the 1:22.4 ¾ pole, made it a three-horse chase to the finish, with Monica Gallagher having the most late to win in 1:51.3 by a head, with the same margin separating Truth And Liberty in second and Skippin By in third. Monica Gallagher has shown herself to be usually right around the big money in her brief career: in 16 starts this year she has a 7-5-0 record, and in double the starts lifetime she has a 12-9-3 scorecard, good for $124,631. Ron Burke conditions the four-year-old for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Earlier, some confusion around the far turn led to a longshot bonanza. 3-1 third choice Lounatic pulled the pocket from behind pacesetting Michelle's Pride late in the backstretch, but then went erratically around the far turn, first squeezing Actress Hanover inside, then, while trying to correct, bearing out into the path of the second- and third-over, Linda Lace Hanover (8-5 favorite) and Under The Hood (9-5) respectively, shoving them wide and effectively taking them out of contention. Actress Hanover, at 69-1, went up into the pocket, then to the Pocono Pike and charged to the lead - returning a $140.20 win mutuel. Pacesetting Michelle's Pride was 42-1, and she was just edged for second by an unaffected horse, 10-1 Typhoon, resulting in $2-equivalent gimmick payoffs of $1219.20 for the 4-7 Exacta, $2111.40 for a 4-7-ALL Trifecta, and a 4-7-ALL-ALL Superfecta of $18281.60 - on which there were two fortunate 10-cent ticketholders. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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