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Mohegan Sun Pocono Week in Review

03:08 AM 23 Sep 2020 NZST
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PACER OF THE WEEK: JUXTA COWGIRL

The featured condition pace for harness racing fillies and mares on Sunday night at The Downs, which held a purse of $14,000, featured some intriguing competitors. Its Mesmerise N was looking for her fourth straight win, Eclipse Me N was Mare of the Year in 2019 at Pocono, and Queen Of The Pride was a big earner as a two and three-year-old. Juxta Cowgirl, who had won her last start at Pocono and was moving up in class for trainer Mike Watson, got away at 10-1 from the #3 post in a field of six.

Driver Anthony Napolitano found Juxta Cowgirl a pocket spot behind pacesetting Eclipse Me N early. From there, the six-year-old mare bided her time as Eclipse Me N dealt with a first-over challenge from Its Mesmerise N. In the stretch, Napolitano coaxed Juxta Cowgirl into the passing line, where she fired past the leaders and picked up the upset victory in 1:51:2.

Honorable Mention

Kerford Road A (Tyler Buter, Rob Harmon), who defeated a pair of million-dollar earners in a condition pace on Saturday in 1:50:1, a new career-best and the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono.

Lachie Maguire N (Jim Marohn Jr., Justin Sodano), who won Saturday's featured claiming handicap pace in 1:51, ending the five-race winning streak of Bell I No in the process.

Voracity (Todd McCarthy, David Russo), who tore up for a condition victory on Tuesday afternoon in 1:50:3.

TROTTER OF THE WEEK: RICH AND MISERABLE

A year ago, this five-year-old gelding trained by Todd Buter was the Trotter of the Year at Pocono as part of a 12-win season. On Saturday he returned from stints in New York and New Jersey to take on an $11,200 condition trotting group. Not surprisingly, the Pocono fans remembered him, making him the 3-5 favorite as he left from post position #6 in a field of eight.

Driver Tyler Buter didn't wait long to make his move, sending Rich And Miserable from fourth to first on the front stretch. From there, the gelding remained in control, eventually coming home a winner by 2 ½ lengths over Lord Cromwell. The winning time for Rich And Miserable of 1:53:2 was the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono.

Honorable Mention

Uncle Hanover (Kevin Wallis, Kimberly Burris), who shipped in from Tioga to win a condition trot on Sunday night in 1:53:4.

Need Luck N (Jordan Stratton, Jason Johnson), who arrived from Harrington and picked up a condition victory on Saturday in a career-best 1:55.

Sir Cromwell (Marcus Miller, Edward Hart), who handled a condition field on Tuesday in a career-best 1:57, giving him wins in each of his last two races on the Pocono oval.

LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: VALRHONA

Driven by Mike Simons, this condition pacer surprised the faithful with a gate-to-wire victory on Tuesday at 49-1, paying $101.60 on a $2 win ticket.

DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MIKE SIMONS

Simons' fans walked away much richer this week, as three of his four winning drives on Monday and Tuesday came with horses at 14-1, 20-1 and 49-1.

TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ROB HARMON

It was an excellent weekend at Pocono for the Harmon barn, as he churned out a training double on Saturday afternoon and then added another victory on Sunday night.

That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.

by Jim Beviglia, for The Downs

 

 

 


 

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