Day At The Track

Pocono action Sunday and Monday

12:00 AM 07 Aug 2017 NZST
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WILKES-BARRE PA - "2017 Harness Stakes Life AHD (After Hambletonian Day)" will have as an opening attraction Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old colt pacers racing in the third leg of their respective series, with five divisions of Stallion Series harness racing action on Sunday and three sections of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Monday.

In Sunday's Stallion Series contests, the only double winner so far, will start from post four for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Mark Hall in the eleventh race division. The Well Said gelding will be looking to regain the road to redemption, having made a break in the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day at The Meadows after those two Stallion Series victories. The race before that will feature the only clash of previous Stallion Series winners, Grand Teton (PP1, driver Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter) and Trajectory (PP3, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke).

Each of Monday's three Sire Stakes races has its own tale. Perhaps the most compelling is that of Wild Bill, starting from post two in the third race for driver Done Well and trainer Brian Brown. The Well Said colt is undefeated in three starts (two of them in the Sire Stakes, putting him at the top of his group), and he shows early signs of giving Brown another chance in his biggest hometown race (he trains in Delaware, Ohio) after the two big shots he may get this season.

In the fourth race, the full brother to Cane Pace winner Huntsville, Wild Bill, starts from the rail. He had been undefeated in two career purse starts, but then was not at his best in an Arden Downs division, finishing fifth. Trainer Ray Schnittker usually uses driver Tetrick (as he did with Huntsville in the Cane), but Tetrick opted off Wild Bill when he had a conflict July 13, and Scott Zeron will once again be back in Wild Bill's sulky Monday. The horse that Tetrick did book himself on against Wild Bill, Nutcracker Sweet, finished second to Wild Bill that day, but has since come back to win a Meadowlands overnight, and he will start from post five for trainer Jimmy Takter.

Race five has no fewer than four stakes winners: PA Sires winners Pro Beach (PP3, Gingras) and Pedro Hanover (PP6, Tetrick); Sheppard winner Kwik Talkin (PP4, Zeron); and Arden Downs winner Whatstroublnurocky, another Brian Brown horse (PP4, David Miller).

PHHA / Pocono

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