WILKES-BARRE PA – In the first race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday night, Checknyouout got home first and paid $80.80, the highest win price of the meet at the northeast Pennsylvania track.
Exactly 24 hours later, Sneakin Caviar got home first in the first race at Pocono Wednesday night and paid $87.80, the highest win price of the meet.
Exactly 18 minutes later, Zip It Lock It got home first in the second race at Pocono Wednesday night and paid $158.00, the highest win price of the meet.
Sneakin Caviar had exactly $100 of the $5448 first race win pool bet on him; Zip It Lock It drew exactly half that support, with $50 wagered on his nose of the $4,949 win pool.
And the second race Superfecta paid out at odds of 27,888 to 1! (The Trifecta’s odds were 9,472 to 1.)
Zip It Lock It got a beautiful second-over trip in his victory, tipping wide and sailing by in hand late at 78-1 over first-over Notorius Terror at 14-1. Third-over Dysnomia Blue Chip was up for third at 37-1; 2-1 Cypress Hill Suds salvaged some dignity for the favorites in finishing fourth, ahead of 97-1 proposition Alwaysafirsttime, who was blocked for his lungs past midstretch.
There was only one of the 50-cent minimum Trifecta tickets sold on the successful 1-6-5 combination, paying $4,735.85 for the half-buck. Only one of the 10-cent minimum tickets hooked together a 1-6-5-3 Superfecta combo, paying back $2,788.76. Thus the odds to $1 could be calculated by projection.
Things settled down a bit after that at Pocono Wednesday, with half the remaining 14 races won by favorites – but it was a wild opening, producing some memorable impromptu lines by the microphone men:
Track announcer Jim Beviglia: “There’s shrapnel everywhere from the tote board!”
TV analyst “King” George Anthony: “Stick your head out your window, Jimmy B (Beviglia)– there must be a full moon tonight! You couldn’t have hit these horses unless you had a dartboard or an Ouija board.”
FINISHING LINES -- The big win payoffs in Pennsylvania yesterday weren't limited to Pocono on Wednesday. At Harrah's Philadelphia, consecutive divisions of a Stallion Series event yielded Baby Cat ($77.00) and Carobbean Pacetry ($116.60) ... while at The Meadows, Vielosabio paid "only" $50.80 as the longest shot of their day.
by Jerry Connors, for Harnesslink.com