Dancin Yankee won the $25,000 Preferred pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but the real story was his time, which was the fastest ever at Pocono and matched the harness racing world record for fastest pace on a 5/8-mile oval.
Fresh off a win in the Van Rose Memorial pace at Pocono in his previous start, Dancin Yankee (-Dancewiththebest), the 4-5 favorite from an outside post in a field of six, took over the lead with a blinding burst of speed on the front stretch. With in the bike, the 6-year-old stallion from the barn had to endure a first-over challenge on the back stretch from Mach It So and a home stretch battle from pocket horse Clear Vision, eventually prevailing over the latter by a neck with Feel Like A Fool finishing third.
The fractional times for the mile were :26, :52:2, 1:20:1, and 1:47:2. That winning time broke Pocono's all-time mark of 1:47:4, which was accomplished three times in 2013. It also matched the fastest mile ever paced on a 5/8-mile oval, which was first set last year byat Scioto Downs. In addition, Dancin Yankee sets a new world record for aged stallions on the pace with the winning time.
Dancin Yankee, owned by Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo, won for the 8th time in 14 races this season. He now has 32 lifetime victories and career earnings of $778,922.