Classic Martine (-Drinking Days), a 4-year-old mare from the barn making just her second start of the season after a stellar 2013, left from post position #5 in a field of seven as the 3-5 favorite.
The mare sat second early behind Fearless Man before jumping to the lead on the front stretch. She took pressure from Coraggioso first-over for most of the second half of the mile, but, within the bike, held him off by three-quarters of a length for the victory. Fearless Man finished third.
The winning time of 1:51:2 not only broke the world record of 1:51:4 for her age group, which was set by Maven in a Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono in October of 2013, it also broke the all-ages distaff trotting record on a 5/8-mile oval of 1:51:3, shared my Check Me Out and Cooler Schooner.
Classic Martine, owned by Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich,Gold, and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, is now two-for-two in 2014. It was her 14th career win in just 29 starts, and she pushed her lifetime earnings to $566,224.
In other action on Saturday night at Pocono, Emeritus Maximus (Rocknoll Hanover-Eternity's Delight) rallied late from far back for a victory in the $25,000 Preferred pace. Driven byfor trainer , the 4-year-old gelding got away at 8-1 but corralled even-money favorite All Star Legend in the stretch to win by a neck in 1:49:3a. Eighteen finished third.
by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs