Day At The Track

Co-features at Pocono Downs

10:13 AM 23 Oct 2019 NZDT
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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of $15,000 trots headlined the Tuesday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both winners scoring in 1:55.2 just before heavy rains necessitated a downgrading of the track surface.

First to Victory Lane was the Donato Hanover mare Mystical Wynn, who parlayed a pocket trip into a neck decision over heavy favorite Grandma Heidi, who had set the pace. Anthony Napolitano drove the Bob Baggitt Jr. trainee for the Kelly Walker Stable LLC.

Joining forces with trainer Frank Kamine and the ownership of A 1 Racing for the first time, the E L Titan sophomore filly Play It Again As took a lifetime mark in winning the other feature event. Despite being off for 23 days, Play It Again As set the pace from the quarter and had enough to withstand first-over Choco Charlie by a half-length under the guidance of Simon Allard.

Top pace on the evening was a $14,000 event for distaffs, in which the Bettor's Delight mare Medusa raised her lifetime earnings to $997,778 with a victory in 1:51.1 over a track which by this time had been listed as "sloppy." George Napolitano Jr. put the favored winner on the lead, and she stormed home in :55.1 despite the adverse conditions to defeat longshot KG Rocks by four lengths for trainer Randy Bendis, who also co-owns the veteran mare with Pollack Racing LLC.

George Napolitano Jr., who recently notched his 10,000th career driving victory, won four of the last five races to give him sulky honors for Tuesday, and he has now recorded 4,993 career wins at the mountain oval.

From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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