Day At The Track

POCONO HORSE OF THE YEAR HONOURS

06:24 PM 13 Oct 2004 NZDT
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Skydancer Hanover
Skydancer Hanover
Photo by Jim Linscott - 2004 Hoosier Cup winner.

Six 2004 Horses of the Year at Pocono Downs will be honoured on closing weekend (October 16-17) at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.

They are No Parole A (Pacer of the Year), Iffrida (Trotter of the Year), Distant Game, (Claimer of the Year), Skydancer Hanover (3-Year-Old Pacer of the Year), A Very Nice Horse (Mare or Filly of the Year), and Runover Feeling (2-Year-Old Pacer of the Year).

No Parole A, owned by John A. Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, Fla., going into this final weekend of action, had won seven Open Handicap Paces and defeating several tough horses in doing so.

George Napolitano Junior, trains and drives No Parole A, a 7-Year-Old pacer with more than $41,000 in earnings for the 2004 season.

Iffrida, an 8-Year-Old mare, came to Pocono Downs late in the season and quickly made her presence felt.

Trained by Carmine Fusco and driven by Joe Pavia Junior, the mare captured four Open Handicap or Open Trots in six starts.

Howard S. Jacobs of Livingston, N.J., owns Iffrida, who has accumulated more than $65,000 in earnings this season.

Distant Game, trained by Bill Mullin and owned by the latter and Robert Sturman, Churchville, Pa., had nine wins at the local racetrack. Most of the wins came in high claiming races.

A 9-Year-Old Abercrombie gelding, one of Distant Game’s wins here was in 1.52.

Several drivers won with Distant Game, including Pavia Junior, Mike Simons and Dave Palone.

Distant Game had bankrolled more than $47,000 this year.

Skydancer Hanover, a 3-Year-Old colt, had the minimum of four starts at the track.

Trained by Mark Harder and driven by Napolitano Junior, Skydancer Hanover won both a Max Hempt elimination race and the $162,696 finals

The win in the Hempt was wire to wire from the six hole with the clock reading 1.51 and prior to that won his Hempt elimination race.

In July, Skydancer Hanover captured a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes while finishing second in the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.

Chris Oakes, a trainer-owner at Pocono Downs, owns Skydancer Hanover along with George Alter and William Kenyon II, both of New York.

Skydancer Hanover has accumulated more than $416,000 in earnings this season.

A Very Nice Horse, trained by Linda Holliday and driven by Jim Taggart Junior, has come on like gangbusters since the middle of August.

She’s been a regular at the track since April and has won 11 of 33 starts with six seconds and six thirds.

All of the 3-Year-Old Incredible Finale’s wins with the exception of one came at Pocono Downs.

Starting August 13 at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack, A Very Nice Horse has won five of her last nine races with two seconds and three thirds.

Three of the last victories occurred in open handicap pace races for fillies and mares.

One of the victories was in a lifetime mark of 1.52. Colleen and Robert Ferrar, New York, and Robert Grider, Illinois, own A Very Nice Horse.

Runover Feeling, a 2-Year-Old Western Hanover colt owned by Jack Tramonte, Wadsworth, Ohio, and C. Ed Mullinax, Amherst, Ohio, went undefeated in four appearances at Pocono.

Trained by Roland Mallar and Kelly ODonnell, Runover Feeling won the $100,000 Pennsylvania Championship Final in 1.53.2 with Palone in the sulky.

Mallar also drove Runover Feeling to two victories here, one coming in the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake.

Runover Feeling has amassed more than $125,000 in earnings with seven wins in eight starts through September.

Other horses considered for Horse of the Year honours included Bullvilleintherain, Trappers Salute A, Hipeka A, Torquay A, Sucrette, Verbal Abuse and Veronica Speedwell.

For more information please refer to Related Resources.

Courtesy Of John Zimich, Publicity Director, Pocono Downs

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