Day At The Track

All the action from Pocono Downs Saturday

01:32 AM 23 Jun 2013 NZST
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In the 1st race first $20,000 elimination division for the James Lynch Memorial for harness racing three-year-old fillies, Ms Caila J Fra and driver Simon Allard just got up in the final strides to beat race favorite and pacesetter Shebestingin (Dave Miller) by a head in 1:49.3.

After parking Shebestingin to the opening quarter mile, Miller was content to sit the pocket trip. Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) came first-over at the half but could never catch the leader and finished third.

It was the third straight win and sixth victory of the year for Ms Caila J Fra. She is a daughter of Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare, Caila Fra, trained by Steve Elliott and owned and bred by The Fra Stable of Upper Saddle River, NJ and was unraced as a two-year-old. She paid $6.80 to win.

The 2nd race $25,000 first division of the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings saw Dontyouforgetit and driver Yannick Gringras park out race favorite Celebrity Maserati (Tom Jackson) to the opening quarter mile and then settle in for the pocket trip as Celebrity Maserati cut fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.3 as Possessed Fashion and driver John Campbell came first-over.

As they started down the stretch, Celebrity Maserati began to show weariness as Gringras came after him with Dontyouforget it and just as they put them away, Campbell and Possessed Fashion dug in and the two horses raced neck and neck to the finish with Dontyouforgetit holding on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:52.1. Celebrity Maserati held for third place.

It was a lifetime mark for Dontyouforgetit in his third victory this year in five starts for trainer Jimmy Takter. The brown colt by Cantab Hall from the Yankee Glide mare, Solveig, was bred and is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ. Earlier this morning at the Meadowlands, Dontyouforgetit's half sister, Shake It Cerry, won a two-year-old filly trot race for driver Ron Pierce in an eye-popping 1:56.4 mile. She is trained by Jimmy Takter.

The 3rd race was the first $25,000 division of the Max C. Hempt Memorial for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and it took the photo finish camera to declare the winner.

Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller shot right to the lead from post three and cut the mile to the opening panel in :26.2 with Emeritus Maximus (Doug McNair) getting the perfect pocket trip as race favorite Lonewolf Currier and driver Brian Sears could not in gear and was never a factor in the race.

At the half mile pole in :55.2 it was Word Power and driver Corey Callahan coming first over to push the race leaders and at the three-quarters in 1:21.1 Word Power nearly looked Johny Rock in the eye as the scene was set for a dramatic three-horse finish.

As they came down the stretch the three horses battled neck and neck as Word Power faded at the finish and the photo finish camera came back to show that Emeritus Maximus won by a nose over Johny Rock with Word Power third.

It was the second straight win and fifth triumph in seven starts this year for Emeritus Maximus, whose 1:48.4 clocking was a lifetime mark for the son of Rocknroll Hanover - Eternity's Delight - Bettor's Delight. He is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by the Cheap Speed Stable, IL, Alan Alber, ON, Steven Wienick, NY and John Fodera, NY.

by Steve Wolf

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