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$184,018 PASS headline Pocono program

05:56 AM 22 Aug 2019 NZST
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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will feature the fourth and final preliminary round of action for Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old harness racing trotting colts - two divisions of the $184,018 PA Sire Stakes, along with four divisions of the PA Stallion Series competition.

No horse was victorious in all of the first three prelim rounds of the Sire Stakes, but the tenth race second division, which on paper figures to be a slightly-tougher cut, features a horse who was victorious in both his PaSS starts - the double world champion Real Cool Sam, who starts from post four for driver David Miller, trainer Jim Campbell, and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.

An altered son of Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner, Real Cool Sam set world records in his last two starts. He equaled the 1:53.1 standard for baby trotting geldings on a mile track, first set by Outburst in 2013, when he won the Haughton Memorial final (for which he skipped a Sires prelim), and then at The Meadows he equaled the divisional world record of 1:54.4 set by Amigo Volo a week earlier. Real Cool Sam is undefeated in six career starts, and has earnings of $248,134.

Two other single Sires winners will go against him Sunday: Rome Pays Off (post one, trainer Marcus Melander, driver Mattias Melander), a winner at The Meadows in his last start; and Chestnut Hill (post seven, trainer Nifty Norman, driver Tim Tetrick), who won at Philly on August 9.

In the other division, the Father Patrick - Margarita Momma gelding Amigo Volo, who at Philly first set the 1:54.4 divisional world record that was equaled by Real Cool Sam in that one's last start, has drawn the rail for the team of trainer Nifty Norman and driver David Miller. His only other start in the Sires was a neck defeat to Gangster Hanover, a two-time Sires winner who is sitting out this last prelim.

Gangster Hanover is part of the Ã…ke Svanstedt stable, and Svanstedt has two single-time Sires winners going against Amigo Volo: Swiss House On Fire (post five, driver Yannick Gingras) and King Alphonso (post six, Svanstedt up); the latter is actually the divisional pointsleader with a win and two seconds in the competition.

The battle for high finishes will determine who earns enough points to qualify for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and consolation, to be held September 8 at Harrah's Philly.

The competition should be equally fierce in the Stallion Series races, which will have their Championship here at The Downs on Monday, September 9. Three horses have two Stallion Series wins apiece so far, and the fourth race StS division matches two of them: Town Victor, the leading pointwinner in the Series so far with two firsts and a third, and Saxon, who is undefeated in his only two Stallion Series starts. The other double winner is Beyond Kosmos, also unbeaten in a pair of StS contests, who will go postward in the sixth race.

From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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