It was not a big surprise that Dancin Yankee won the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace at Pocono Downs on Saturday, it was the way he did it.
The six-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser overpowered a field featuring many of the best older pacers in the sport and blew they away for driver Brett Miller.
The Van Rose started out with Abelard Hanover and driver Jonathan Roberts outgunning Golden Receiver (George Napolitano, Jr.) to the early lead with Golden Receiver making the quarter move to take command at the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Then at the half mile marker in :54, Miller moved Dancin Yankee first-over and they began to grind it out and take the lead away from Golden Receiver before the three-quarters in 1:26.2.
Dynamic Youth (Andrew McCarthy) was then first-over but not gaining ground and that was too slow for Ron Piece as he sent Dovuto Hanover three-wide going into the final turn and following their outside cover was Bandolito and driver Daryl Bier.
But it was too little too late as Brett Miller had Dancin Yankee in high gear and they held the field at bay down the stretch, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:49. Bandolito closed well to be second with a late charge by Sweet Lou (Matt Kakaley) to be third.
Trained by Josh Green and owned by Baron Racing Stable, Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio, it was a lifetime mark for Dancin Yankee and his 7th win in 13 starts this year. Sent off at odds of 3-1, he paid $8.40 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com