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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Week in Review

07:46 AM 07 Apr 2021 NZST
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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono features harness racing announcer Jim Begivlia's Week In Review column. Here is the first edition.


It's only fitting that this eleven-year-old gelding and career millionaire should win first Weekly Honors for 2021 at Pocono, as he has been the most successful horse at the track over the stretch he's been racing. This year Scott Rocks has been reborn as a claimer, starting on the lowest rungs of the ladder at the $10,000 level at Pocono on March 7. He won that race and then followed up with two more in a row as his claiming price went up each time.

On Saturday, he faced off with the top claimers at Pocono, the $30,000 to $40,000 group, as a 1-5 favorite. George Napolitano Jr., who has been aboard Scott Rocks for the vast majority of his Pocono victories, guided him first-over in this one for a hard-fought victory in 1:51:3. Trained by Hunter Oakes, the gelding shows no signs of slowing down, even as he notched his 67th career win and pushed his career earnings over $1.1 million.

Honorable Mention Pacers

One Eight Hundred (Joseph Fonseca, Nancy Takter), who posted the fastest winning time in the Bobby Weiss series for three-year-old male pacers on Saturday in a career-best 1:50:2 despite it being his first start of the year.

The Lady Sheriff (George Napolitano Jr., Darren Taneyhill), who became the first horse in the 2021 meet at Pocono to five wins when she scored her fifth victory in a row on Monday in a claiming handicap against other mares.

Peggy J (Simon Allard, Jeff Sorenson), who captured her straight condition pace against mares on Tuesday at Pocono in 1:54:2.


This is another trotter who has a rich, so to speak, history at Pocono, once winning Trotter of the Year honors at the track. After breaking stride as a heavy favorite in his first start of the meet, Rich And Miserable, a six-year-old gelding trained by Todd Buter, bounced back strong with a win in the slop on March 28 in 1:56:3. In Sunday night's featured $11,200 trot, he was made the 1-9 favorite despite leaving from an outside post in a field of seven.

By the 3/8-mile mark of the race, Rich And Miserable had taken the lead. He had to deal with a first-over effort from Blenheim on the back stretch, and then was pushed by pocket-sitting Wilberforce in the home stretch. But Rich And Miserable responded to the challenge under the guidance of driver Tyler Buter, with his second straight victory coming in a time of 1:54:2.

Honorable Mention Trotters

Top Me Off (Todd Schadel driver and trainer), who followed up a condition win with a victory on Saturday in the Weiss Series in 1:54:4, the fastest time of the day in the Weiss by male trotters.

King Alphonso (Jim Pantaleano, Neil Balcerak), who won a condition trot at Pocono on Sunday in 1:53:2, the week's fastest trotting time.

Tuis Shadow (Simon Allard, Donald Wiest), who stepped up in class on Tuesday and won his second straight condition trot at Pocono, this one in a career-best 1:55:3.


This three-year-old trotter driven by Anthony Napolitano pulled off a surprise in the Bobby Weiss Series on Saturday at 19-1, paying off $41.80 on a $2 win ticket.


Dunn was the dominant force in the Bobby Weiss Series this week, especially on Tuesday when he swept all three divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.


Givens had a day to remember on Monday, sending out three trainees at Pocono and winning with every one of them, including with Incaseyoudidntknow in the Bobby Weiss three-year-old pacing fillies' group.

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 The Downs











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