WILKES-BARRE PA – Driver George Napolitano Jr. did not race at all this past week on Monday or Friday – neither of his two centers of operation, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia, were in action those days. (Both places raced Saturday afternoon; George chose Pocono because he would also be there at night for the “Belmont doubleheader of racing.”)
He had to leave two cards early.
He opened the week with a fifth, eighth, eighth, and sixth on Tuesday at Pocono.
And he only had 29 winners during the week.
Napolitano capped a wonderful week of winning in Pennsylvania with eight victories on Sunday, five at Harrah’s (where he raced the whole card) and three at Pocono (where he arrived in time for race five).
Only, um … Eight victories was his worst doubleheader day of the week – on Wednesday and Saturday, in action afternoon and evening, he had nine winners each.
For the week, “Georgie Nap” had 91 drives, 29 victories (which would extend out to about 1,500 triumphs a year), 14 seconds, and seven thirds. That makes for a UDR of .430.
Tuesday evening Pocono 12-1-3-1
(so if you exclude Tuesday, he was 79-28-11-6-.462)
Wednesday afternoon Philly 9-3-1-0
Wednesday evening Pocono 13-6-1-0
For the day 22-9-2-0
(left Philly early – good choice – won the “Early Pick Four,” the first four contests, at Pocono)
Thursday afternoon Philly 10-2-1-1
(so if you only count the doubleheaders, he was 69-26-10-5-.481)
Saturday afternoon Pocono 10-4-2-1
(actually, he had two wins before it was afternoon – post time was 11am, and he won 2 of the first 3)
Saturday evening Pocono 15-5-3-2 (including a dead-heat to win)
For the day 25-9-5-3
Sunday afternoon Philly 13-5-2-2
Sunday evening Pocono 9-3-1-0
For the day 22-8-3-2
Not a bad week’s work at all, by anyone’s standards.
By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com