Anders Bluestone continued his outstanding 2012 harness racing season by knocking off Breeders Crown-bound Arch Madness and five other top-notch trotters to win the featured Open Handicap trot on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $50,000.
Leaving from post position #6 in a field of seven as the 8-5 second choice, Anders Bluestone (-Annette Hanover), sat third early before driver George Napolitano Jr. sent him first-over on the back stretch to take the lead away from early pacesetter Neighsay Hanover.
Arch Madness, who is ticketed for the Breeders Crown Open trot next weekend in Canada, looked to blow by in the stretch, but Anders Bluestone held him off by a neck in 1:53. Sevruga was third.
Owned by William Kenneth Wood and William Dittmar Jr. and trained by Eric Ell, Anders Bluestone won for the 13thtime in 25 2012 starts. The 6-year-old stallion now has 32 career victories and lifetime earnings of $929,525.
by Jim BEVIGLIA