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George Napolitano, Jr. - 29 wins this week!

04:08 PM 09 Jun 2014 NZST
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George Napolitano, Jr. drove only five days last week yet had 29 winners!

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

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