Leaving from post position #7 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Modern Family was sent to the front end early by driver/trainerbefore ceding the lead in the front stretch to . That pair stayed in the top two spots until the stretch, when Modern Family pounced to beat by a length in 1:52:1. The mare Daylon Mircacle finished 3rd.
Modern Family, a 5-year-old stallion owned by Bier, Charles Dombeck, and Rich Poillucci, had won his previous start at the Meadowlands and now has three wins in his first seven races of the year. It was his 16th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $326,322.
On the pacing side, the night's top performance was turned in by Eighteen. Trained byand driven by , Eighteen won a condition pace in the night's fastest time of 1:49:3.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs kicked off its season with 14 races. Racing in the early part of the season at the track takes place on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights with first post on those evenings at 6:30 PM ET.
by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs