WILKES-BARRE PA - The first of four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships takes place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with late-developing three- and four-year-olds who did the best in their four preliminary rounds going behind the gate for the big money.
By far the fastest mile of the prelims was the 1:49.3 victory turned in last Saturday by A Stitch In Time, an altered son of Kent's On Nuke. But for the Championship, race eight on Saturday, A Stitch On Time has drawn the very difficult outside nine-hole for driver George Napolitano Jr., and is rated at 3-1, second choice behind the horse who was second to him last week, Trys Little Prince (5-2). Thegelding received much better luck at the pill shake by getting barrier two for driver , the leading driver over Napolitano early in this Pocono season.
Getitoffyourchest had been three for three before last week's final preliminary, but a combination of the outside post eight and a withering 25.3 opening quarter sapped the son ofof his usual stretch strength, although he was beaten only two lengths. He's rated at 4-1 on the early line, starting in the Championship from post seven for driver .
Somewhere With You had two Weiss wins before last week's prelim, in which he had bad racing luck although beaten only 1 Â¼ lengths; driverwill try to get him to bounce back to his winning ways from post six. Also notching a second Weiss prelim victory was UF Rockin Dragon, who last Saturday stayed close to the pace and had the most finishing; will try to make it two in a row with this one as the pair start from the inside.
Also on the big Saturday night card before a dark day for Easter are two $25,000 Preferred handicaps. The third race trotters find the outside post six assigned to Modern Family (2-1, driver), who has been 1-2 against this type in his last six starts; in the tenth race pace, Abelard Hanover (5-2, driver George Napolitano Jr.), who set a 1:48 world record on Sun Stakes Saturday here last year, was placed outside in a field of seven after a thrilling 1:48.4 victory last week over a very game Eighteen (3-1 Saturday, post three, driver ).
FINISHING LINES - The other three Weiss Championships will take place early next calendar week. Two are slotted for Tuesday: in the male trot, Ray Hall will try toafter taking all four of his prelims, while in the female pace a good case could be made for any of a half-dozen top contenders. Such will not be the case in Wednesday's female trot, when Perfect Alliance will be heavily odds-on again to dominate her competition.
From PHHA, for Pocono Downs